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Congressman Dan Donovan

Representing the 11th District of New York


Donovan, House Pass the "Combat Terrorist Use of Social Media Act"

December 16, 2015
Press Release
Bill takes step forward in fight against radicalization through social media

Washington, DC—December 16, 2015....Congressman Dan Donovan (NY-11) today joined his colleagues in passing the Combat Terrorist Use of Social Media Act. The measure utilizes the oversight role of Congress to require the President and security agencies to make recommendations for improving the federal government’s efforts to disrupt and counter the use of social media by terrorists.

Congressman Donovan said, “ISIS has a relatively small and unsophisticated army by conventional standards – they don’t have fighter jets or cruise missiles. But with access to social media, ISIS and other terrorist groups can infect people thousands of miles away with their hateful, disgusting ideology.”

The measure further requires the Administration to report on how terror organizations utilize social media, and the role social media plays in radicalization in the United States and abroad.

Donovan concluded, “YouTube, Twitter, and Facebook – these are ISIS’s strongest weapons. To fully eradicate the threat, we must destroy their organization, cut off their financing, and take back their territory. In the meantime, we have to take every step to minimize the risk of radicalization here at home.”

-- Rep. Dan Donovan serves on the House Committee on Homeland Security and the House Committee on Foreign Affairs. He is New York City’s only Republican representative.