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White House asks Silicon Valley to help silence ISIS online

white house The White House is exploring several ideas, according to a discussion outline from Friday morning obtained by CNNMoney, and a source from one of the tech firms.

One key focus is tracking radicals. The White House wanted to discuss “techniques to detect and measure radicalization.”

Federal officials recognized the discussion “requires consideration of First Amendment protections and privacy and civil liberties concerns,” according to the outline.


A second idea centers on propaganda. ISIS is adept at sharing warfare propaganda. The government hopes tech firms will block pro-ISIS messages, photos and videos.

But the White House also wants an “increase the availability of alternative content,” according to the outline.

In a separate briefing Friday, White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest said the administration is seeking “ways to create, publish and amplify content… that counteracts the radicalizing messaging from [ISIS] and other extremists.”


The Obama administration has also heard from advertising executives interested helping craft those messages.

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