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Facebook, Twitter Pressed to Help Prevent Domestic Terrorism

  • Companies have employed tactics to combat global extremists
  • President Trump asked tech companies to find ‘red flags’

Photographer: Oli Scarf/AFP via Getty Images

Social media companies came under fire again last week after another mass shooting was linked to a hate-filled manifesto posted online.

For years, Twitter Inc. and Facebook Inc. largely reacted to horrific events after the fact. Now they’re now being asked by politicians to take a more proactive approach to prevent domestic terrorism. But while the companies certainly want to make their platforms safe and not be seen as nests for violence or hatred, the proposals from politicians wouldn’t be easy to achieve and could even backfire on some of the proponents.