The new push to shut terrorists out of social media

Activists and lawmakers are pressing the Obama administration and social media companies to do more to fight the Islamic State's use of Facebook, Twitter and YouTube as weapons of war. It's an issue that's raising questions over private companies' responsibility to the public, along with the thorny issue of companies policing the speech of their users.

"We are losing a popularity contest to people that behead women," a frustrated Rep. Brad Sherman, D-Calif., remarked as the House Foreign Affairs Committee on Wednesday approved legislation designed to bolster efforts to drive terrorist supporters off social media platforms, many of which are U.S.-based, by requiring the Obama administration to work with companies on a strategy against them.

His frustration was shared by Republican Chairman Ed Royce, whose southern California district is near San Bernardino, where Islamic State supporters Syed Rizwan Farook and Tashfeen Malik attacked a holiday party on Dec. 2, killing 14.

Authorities believe the pair may have made contact with the Islamic State on social media.

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