Officials push to control terror groups on social media

There's a new effort keep terror groups like ISIS from spreading their message and recruiting new members on social media.

There's a new effort keep terror groups like ISIS from spreading their message and recruiting new members on social media. (12/20/15)

WOODBURY - There's a new effort to keep terror groups like ISIS from spreading their message and recruiting new members on social media.

Lawmakers like Rep. Peter King want the government to come up with new ways to decipher and decode potentially threatening messages. King says right now the government is unable to counter ISIS online.

"We are calling on the president to get a concerted policy where we can hire experts who can counter this social media message," he says. "It's not going to be easy because you have to have younger people, people who are familiar with Islamic slang and culture, to appeal to the young people who are right now being overly influenced by ISIS."

State Sen. Charles Schumer also says federal officials need a new plan to assess how would-be extremists use social media.

Schumer is supporting the "Combat Terrorist Use of Social Media Act of 2015," and will sponsor the legislation in the Senate. The bill passed the U.S. House of Representatives on Wednesday.

Schumer says the bill will work to modernize how federal authorities decipher and decode messages on social media to ultimately disrupt planned attacks.

The bill would also require officials to evaluate how extremists use social media to further their causes and seek proposals on how authorities could combat that.

President Barack Obama said Friday that intelligence officials are looking for ways to better monitor public communication by suspected radicals.

As News 12 reported, Tashfeen Malik pledged her support for Islamic Jihad on Facebook before the she and her husband shot up a holiday party in San Bernardino, killing 14 people.

AP Wire Services contributed to this report.

 

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