Tim Cook to Attend Meeting with White House Officials Over Online Terrorism Recruitment


Reuters reports that Silicon Valley executives will meet with senior White House officials and US intelligence and law enforcement figures to discuss how to counter the use of social media by militant groups.

Invited participants include White House Chief of Staff Denis McDonough, presidential counterterrorism adviser Lisa Monaco, Attorney General Loretta Lynch, FBI Director James Comey, National Intelligence Director James Clapper and National Security Agency Director Mike Rogers, one of the sources said.

Buzzfeed News sources added that alongside Twitter, Facebook, Google, and Microsoft executives, Apple’s Tim Cook will also attend the meeting in San Jose.

On Friday, Apple CEO Tim Cook will be among the tech industry heavyweights to meet with White House officials to discuss plans to neutralize and counter ISIS recruitment efforts online, BuzzFeed News has learned.

A copy of the agenda was obtained by the Guardian and reveals that the meeting will focus on how the invoked companies can fight terrorism and come up with a solution to make it harder for terrorists use the Internet to mobilize, facilitate, and operationalize attacks, and make it easier for law enforcement and the intelligence community to identify terrorist operatives and prevent attacks.

Following the attacks in Paris and San Bernardino, Silicon Valley companies have come under pressure to do more to help American law enforcement. The US government went as far as urging tech companies to take steps to block the communications, videos, and social media accounts of militants across the globe.

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  • Léonard Bonfils

    This will probably just be another attempt to get tech companies to turn in their users’ data…