According to a report from BuzzFeed News, a handful of tech executives are set to meet with White House officials to discuss measures that can be taken to prevent terror recruitment online. Apple CEO Tim Cook is among the tech executives that will participate in the meeting, which is set to take place in San Jose tomorrow, January 8th. Other companies that will be represented include Twitter, Facebook, Microsoft, and Google.
The meeting is said to be centered around the ability of terror groups to use social media and other online platforms to radicalize individuals. The White House officials are said to want to discuss how social media can be used to help others promote alternatives views “to undercut ISIS.”
Speaking to BuzzFeed News, a White House official stated that the United States government sees Silicon Valley as a critical part of fighting the propaganda from radical terror groups online.
“The White House sees Silicon Valley as an integral part of fighting the propaganda from ISIL and other groups. There needs to be a concerted effort to fight the ISIL propaganda,” the White House official explained.
The idea that tech companies should be doing more to aid the United States government in its fight against terror has been growing in wake of recent attacks around the world, including the ones in San Bernardino and Paris. Tim Cook has long argued that there should not be backdoor access to Apple’s servers by anyone, including the government, saying that there shouldn’t have to be a choice between privacy and national security.
Last year, Tim Cook was the only CEO to take part in a cybersecurity summit at the White House, with CEOs from Google, Yahoo, and Facebook all declining to attend. Cook gave a speech in which he again offered his opinion that there shouldn’t be a backdoor to user data.