Senator Dianne Feinstein is happy that Facebook saw fit to delete the status update of Tashfeen Malik that reportedly pledged her allegiance to ISIS shortly before the gun massacre she allegedly carried out in San Bernardino, killing 14. However, the Senator wishes the social network had reported the declaration to authorities as a warning sign according to the Chronicle.
“This is essentially the largest attack since 9/11,” Feinstein said of the San Bernardino slayings. “We are in a different age... If you find a terror site, you have to report it,” she added. Resultantly, she plans to introduce, or as the Business Times follows up, technically reintroduce, legislation that would legally oblige Facebook and its ilk to do just that. That's reintroduce because a pending intelligence authorization bill included a provision for such turnovers, but was later removed once tech industry representatives and others voiced their dissent.
"Social media companies like Facebook and Twitter have grappled in the past few years with how much they should monitor, and even remove, terrorist-related content on their respective services," Wired remarks, "especially as social media has become increasingly central to how ISIS supporters share propaganda and voice support."
Says Feinstein: "I’m all for freedom of speech, but it doesn’t mean encouraging terrorism.” The obligated reporting provision would resemble that which already exists for reporting posts on Facebook and Twitter that could indicate sex-trafficking and child pornography, the Chronicle adds.