Senate committee approves bill co-sponsored by Ernst to stop terrorists’ use of social media

The Senate Homeland Security and Government Affairs Committee recently approved legislation co-sponsored by U.S. Sen. Joni Ernst (R-IA) to crack down on terrorist activity on social media.

Ernst and U.S. Sen. Cory Booker (D-NJ) were original co-sponsors of the bipartisan Combat Terrorist Use of Social Media Act, S. 2517, which was introduced by U.S. Sen. Ron Johnson (R-WI).

“I want to thank both Chairman Johnson and Sen. Booker for working with me on this bill,” Ernst said. “This will require the Obama administration to fulfill a promise that they made back in 2011 to develop a comprehensive strategy to counter and prevent violent extremism and online radicalization. So, while President Obama continues to lack a comprehensive overall strategy to defeat ISIS, this legislation will ensure he must at least present a strategy to address its use of social media to spread terror.”

The bill would require the president to report on the use of social media by terrorists and terrorist organizations and to evaluate ongoing government efforts to stop it. The president would also be required to develop a comprehensive strategy to counter the use of social media by terrorists.

The Obama administration said in 2011 that it would develop “a comprehensive strategy for countering and preventing violent extremist online radicalization” in its Strategic Implementation Plan for Empowering Local Partners to Prevent Violent Extremism in the United States.

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