Disrupting ISIS Online: The Challenges Of Combating Online Radicalization




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The Congressional Internet Caucus Advisory Committee (ICAC) will hold an educational briefing on the policy challenges of combating radicalization online on Friday, May 6, at noon. CDT Director of Free Expression Emma Llansó will speak.

Social media has flourished in large part because platforms have been freed from liability for content posted by independent users. But as instigators of violence and terrorism have figured out how to use social platforms to recruit and spread, companies and lawmakers must figure out how to balance the needs of protecting free expression online with the imperative to keep the public safe. Much of this content violates user agreements, but reviewing content for violations can be prohibitively time consuming for companies. What is the right policy to deal with this serious issue? How much should companies voluntarily cooperate with the government to keep violent propaganda off their platforms and identify suspicious users? What can be done to control and combat propaganda that is spread via social media?


  • Emma Llansó, Center for Democracy & Technology
  • Mary McCord, U.S. Department of Justice
  • Moderator: Miranda Bogen