Acting DHS Secretary Puts Pressure on Facebook, Twitter, etc. to do something about “Extremist Propaganda”
Using the tried and true tactics of fear, the acting US Homeland Security Secretary just called on social media to speed up its checking of “extremist propaganda,” whatever that might be. And aren’t we all a little comforted knowing that the government will have the power to define extremist propaganda and act accordingly?
The calls came from Elaine Duke, the acting head of DHS, the now massive department created after 911 originally to simply coordinate efforts between agencies to assure 911 never happens again. Since then, it has taken on a leviathan-sized life of its own.
Now the mega-sized government agency is pressuring Silicon Valley to step up its game to filter out content the government deems as “extremist propaganda.” What could go wrong?
From Activist Post
The acting U.S. Homeland Security Secretary Elaine Duke has called on Silicon Valley to remove extremist content, Reuters reported.
The United States and Britain are set to push social media firms to deal with the problem at a G7 meeting of interior ministers this week, Duke told reporters in London where she had been meeting British Home Secretary (interior minister), Amber Rudd.
“There has been a shift and for us somewhat with the Charlottesville incident,” she said. “There are a lot of social pressures and they want do business so they really have to balance between keeping their user agreements and giving law enforcement what they need.”
But that’s not all; the Trump administration is also trying to go after encryption technology.
“We would like to have the ability to get encrypted data with the right legal processes,” Duke said.
It’s an argument that has persisted since the Obama administration – should the government have backdoor access to encrypted chat apps despite being in a violation of civil liberties?