Radicalization: Social Media and the Rise of Terrorism, Hearing Before the Committee on Oversight and Government Reform, Subcommittee on National Security, U.S. House of Representatives, One Hundred Fourteenth Congress, First Session, October 28, 2015   [open pdf - 1MB]

This is a testimony compilation of the October 28, 2015 hearing "Radicalization: Social Media and the Rise of Terrorism," held before the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform. From the testimony of Mark D. Wallace: "Let me say in no uncertain terms -- in that period of time, little has changed when it comes to thwarting the use of social media by terrorists. ISIS's [Islamic State of Iraq and Syria] presence on social media is a cancer. It continues to metastasize, largely unaddressed by government, the private sector, or social media companies. One of the most pressing public safety and national security issues we face today is without a doubt the hijacking and weaponization of social media platforms by extremist groups to radicalize, recruit new members, and plan violent attacks against innocent people around the world. We commend this Subcommittee for recognizing the importance and the timeliness of these difficult issues -- with which the U.S., as well as our allies, continue to struggle. We hope that this hearing can lead to a better understanding of the growing problem of social media abuse and hopefully, to a more coordinated and cooperative relationship between technology companies like Twitter and those of us who want to stop extremists from anonymously abusing social media platforms to expand their power and propel their declared war on Western society, institutions, values and culture." Statements, letters, and materials submitted for the record include those of the following: Mark D. Wallace, Walter Purdy, Daveed Gartenstein-Ross, and Alberto M. Fernandez.

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