Congressman Rose: ‘make no mistake—this was not an isolated incident’
STATEN ISLAND – Congressman Max Rose, Chair of the Homeland Security Subcommittee on Intelligence and Counterterrorism who recently chaired a joint hearing on the challenge of white nationalist terrorism at home and abroad, issued the following statement on the recent terrorist attack on a German synagogue during the High Holy Days:
“This disgusting terrorist attack was meant to cause incredible destruction and devastation while sowing fear in the Jewish community on one of the most somber of Holy Days. I pray for the family and loved ones of the two who were killed, and am grateful that the terrorist was unable to break down the doors. But make no mistake—this was not an isolated incident. The spread of anti-Semitic, white nationalist terrorism is a global threat propagating online through social media and the dark, anonymous, corners of the internet. That’s why it’s ever more imperative for tech companies to reexamine their policies, redouble their efforts, and work hand-in-glove with law enforcement agencies—and for Congress to continue working to stay ahead of these threats.”
Rose, an Army combat veteran, has been a leader in Congress in pushing social media and tech companies to do more to stop the spread of terrorist content online. Following a request from Rose to combat the spread of terrorism on its platform, Facebook announced it is blocking links to pages on 8chan and 4chan that are dedicated to the distribution of extremist content. Additionally, Rose was successful in pressuring social media companies to formalize and transform the Global Internet Forum to Counter Terrorism (GIFCT) into a standalone, non-profit institution with full-time staff.
Rose previously called on the top social media companies to provide information on their annual budgets for counterterrorism related programs, and blasted unsatisfactory responses from the companies. Additionally, Rose called on social media companies to work more closely with law enforcement to prevent the spread of terrorist content on their platforms.
SOURCE: Jonas Edwards-Jenks | Communications Director | Congressman Max Rose (NY-11)