Examining Tech Companies’ Role In The Rise Of Extremism Online | NBC News Now


THAT ENDS UP.>>KELLY O’DONNELL, THANK YOU SO>>KELLY O’DONNELL, THANK YOU SO MUCH. MUCH.>>>JUST MINUTES BEFORE THE>>>JUST MINUTES BEFORE THE ATTACK, THE SUSPECT IN THE EL ATTACK, THE SUSPECT IN THE EL PASO SHOOTING ALLEGEDLY PASO SHOOTING ALLEGEDLY PUBLISHED AN ANTI-IMMIGRANT PUBLISHED AN ANTI-IMMIGRANT ESSAY ON 8CHAN FOLLOWING IN THE ESSAY ON 8CHAN FOLLOWING IN THE FOOTSTEPS OF OTHER RECENT FOOTSTEPS OF OTHER RECENT ATTACKS. ATTACKS. IN RESPONSE ON FRIDAY THE WHITE IN RESPONSE ON FRIDAY THE WHITE HOUSE IS HOSTING TECH COMPANIES HOUSE IS HOSTING TECH COMPANIES TO TALK ABOUT THE RISE OF TO TALK ABOUT THE RISE OF VIOLENT EXTREMISM ONLINE. VIOLENT EXTREMISM ONLINE. NBC’S BEN COLLINS HAS BEEN NBC’S BEN COLLINS HAS BEEN FOLLOWING THIS STORY. FOLLOWING THIS STORY. DO WE KNOW WHO’S BEEN INVITED DO WE KNOW WHO’S BEEN INVITED AND MAYBE WHO’S NOT? AND MAYBE WHO’S NOT?>>Reporter: SURE.>>Reporter: SURE. WE KNOW THEY’VE INVITED THE BIG WE KNOW THEY’VE INVITED THE BIG TECH COMPANIES, TWITTER, TECH COMPANIES, TWITTER, FACEBOOK, GOOGLE AND STUFF. FACEBOOK, GOOGLE AND STUFF. WE DON’T KNOW IF THEY’RE GOING. WE DON’T KNOW IF THEY’RE GOING. NO ONE HAS RESPONDED. NO ONE HAS RESPONDED. TWITTER HASN’T RESPONDED, FBI TWITTER HASN’T RESPONDED, FBI HASN’T RESPONDED TO THE PRESS. HASN’T RESPONDED TO THE PRESS. IF THEY SHOW UP, WE DON’T KNOW IF THEY SHOW UP, WE DON’T KNOW WHAT’S GOING TO HAPPEN. WHAT’S GOING TO HAPPEN. WE DON’T KNOW IF THE PRESIDENT’S WE DON’T KNOW IF THE PRESIDENT’S GOING TO BE THERE. GOING TO BE THERE.>>HE HAS BIG PLANS IN THE>>HE HAS BIG PLANS IN THE HAMPTONS TOMORROW. HAMPTONS TOMORROW.>>HE MIGHT NOT BE AT THE WHITE>>HE MIGHT NOT BE AT THE WHITE HOUSE FOR THIS THING EITHER. HOUSE FOR THIS THING EITHER. THE BIGGER QUESTION IS HOW ARE THE BIGGER QUESTION IS HOW ARE THEY GOING TO TRY TO PROBLEM THEY GOING TO TRY TO PROBLEM TECT PEOPLE FROM TECT PEOPLE FROM PROTECT PEOPLE FROM THE WORST PROTECT PEOPLE FROM THE WORST PARTS OF THE INTERNET WHILE PARTS OF THE INTERNET WHILE SIGNING AN EXECUTIVE ORDER SIGNING AN EXECUTIVE ORDER SAYING THESE COMPANIES CAN’T BAN SAYING THESE COMPANIES CAN’T BAN ANYBODY ON THESE SWIETSWEBSITES. ANYBODY ON THESE SWIETSWEBSITES.>>TELL US ABOUT THIS EXECUTIVE>>TELL US ABOUT THIS EXECUTIVE ORDER. ORDER.>>NUMEROUS REPORTS SAY THERE>>NUMEROUS REPORTS SAY THERE ARE A BUNCH OF SAMPLE DRAFT ARE A BUNCH OF SAMPLE DRAFT EXECUTIVE ORDERS GOING AROUND EXECUTIVE ORDERS GOING AROUND SAYING THAT FACEBOOK AND TWITTER SAYING THAT FACEBOOK AND TWITTER IN THE FUTURE MIGHT NOT BE ABLE IN THE FUTURE MIGHT NOT BE ABLE TO BAN PEOPLE FROM THEIR TO BAN PEOPLE FROM THEIR PLATFORMS. PLATFORMS. WHAT DOES THAT MEAN IF IT’S WHAT DOES THAT MEAN IF IT’S WRITTEN POORLY? WRITTEN POORLY? THAT MEANS 8CHAN HAS TO LEAVE UP THAT MEANS 8CHAN HAS TO LEAVE UP THAT MANIFESTO. THAT MANIFESTO. FACEBOOK HAS TO LEAVE UP A FACEBOOK HAS TO LEAVE UP A SHOOTER GOING INTO A MOSQUE AND SHOOTER GOING INTO A MOSQUE AND KILLING A BURCHG OFNCH OF PEOPLE KILLING A BURCHG OFNCH OF PEOPLE IF THIS IS DRAFTED POORLY, FROM IF THIS IS DRAFTED POORLY, FROM WHAT WE CAN TELL WHAT THEIR WHAT WE CAN TELL WHAT THEIR BELIEF IN FREE SPEECH ON THESE BELIEF IN FREE SPEECH ON THESE PLATFORMS IS, THEY MEAN FREE PLATFORMS IS, THEY MEAN FREE SPEECH, THEY MEAN COMPLETE SPEECH, THEY MEAN COMPLETE ANARCHY. ANARCHY. THEY’RE ABOUT TO TALK ABOUT — THEY’RE ABOUT TO TALK ABOUT — AGAIN, IT JUST DOESN’T MAKE ANY AGAIN, IT JUST DOESN’T MAKE ANY SENSE. SENSE. THE COGNITIVE DISSONANCE HERE IS THE COGNITIVE DISSONANCE HERE IS PROFOUND. PROFOUND.>>IS THAT THE OBJECTIVE OF THAT>>IS THAT THE OBJECTIVE OF THAT EXECUTIVE ORDER TO LET PEOPLE EXECUTIVE ORDER TO LET PEOPLE SAY WHATEVER THEY WANT? SAY WHATEVER THEY WANT? OR IT SOUNDS LIKE IT’S SOMETHING OR IT SOUNDS LIKE IT’S SOMETHING REPUBLICANS ARE LOOKING TO GET REPUBLICANS ARE LOOKING TO GET OUT THERE BECAUSE THEY FEEL LIKE OUT THERE BECAUSE THEY FEEL LIKE SOCIAL MEDIA SITES ARE AGAINST SOCIAL MEDIA SITES ARE AGAINST DESERVE DESERVE CONSERVATIVES? CONSERVATIVES?>>THIS HAS BEEN A LONG RUNNING>>THIS HAS BEEN A LONG RUNNING THING BY A GROUP OF PEOPLE WHO THING BY A GROUP OF PEOPLE WHO HAVE A VESTED INTEREST, A HAVE A VESTED INTEREST, A MONEYED INTEREST IN THIS THING. MONEYED INTEREST IN THIS THING. FOR EXAMPLE, DO YOU REMEMBER FOR EXAMPLE, DO YOU REMEMBER THIS THING CALLED CLINTON CASH? THIS THING CALLED CLINTON CASH?>>YEAH.>>YEAH.>>IT WAS A THING MADE BY THE>>IT WAS A THING MADE BY THE PEOPLE WHO DO BREITBART. PEOPLE WHO DO BREITBART. THEY MADE A THING FOR THIS THEY MADE A THING FOR THIS ELECTION CYCLE FOR 2018 FOR THE ELECTION CYCLE FOR 2018 FOR THE MIDTERMS CALLED THE CREEPY LINE MIDTERMS CALLED THE CREEPY LINE WHICH IS ABOUT HOW GOOGLE IS WHICH IS ABOUT HOW GOOGLE IS BANNING ALL THE CONSERVATIVES. BANNING ALL THE CONSERVATIVES. IT HAS NOT A LOT OF GOOD DATA IN IT HAS NOT A LOT OF GOOD DATA IN IT, I WOULD SAY, MAYBE NO GOOD IT, I WOULD SAY, MAYBE NO GOOD DATA IN IT. DATA IN IT. YET THE PRESIDENT WAS HARPING ON YET THE PRESIDENT WAS HARPING ON THIS THE PAST COUPLE DAYS, THE THIS THE PAST COUPLE DAYS, THE FINDINGS IN THIS MOVIE IS WHAT FINDINGS IN THIS MOVIE IS WHAT HE WAS TALKING ABOUT. HE WAS TALKING ABOUT. THE POINT OF IT IS TO MAKE IT SO THE POINT OF IT IS TO MAKE IT SO PEOPLE WHO HAVE VERY FAR RIGHT PEOPLE WHO HAVE VERY FAR RIGHT POSITIONS, PEOPLE LIKE ALEX POSITIONS, PEOPLE LIKE ALEX JONES, FOR EXAMPLE, THOSE PEOPLE JONES, FOR EXAMPLE, THOSE PEOPLE ARE ALLOWED ON TWITTER AND ARE ALLOWED ON TWITTER AND FACEBOOK SO EVERY KIND OF SPEECH FACEBOOK SO EVERY KIND OF SPEECH IS ALLOWED ON TWITTER AND IS ALLOWED ON TWITTER AND FACEBOOK. FACEBOOK. THEY BELIEVE THEY ARE OVERLY THEY BELIEVE THEY ARE OVERLY CENSORED WHEN IN REALITY THE CENSORED WHEN IN REALITY THE DATA DOESN’T BACK THAT UP. DATA DOESN’T BACK THAT UP. LOTS OF THINGS ARE CENSORED. LOTS OF THINGS ARE CENSORED. THERE’S SPAM. THERE’S SPAM. DO THEY WANT CHILD TRAFFICKING DO THEY WANT CHILD TRAFFICKING ON THESE SITES? ON THESE SITES? I DON’T THINK SO. I DON’T THINK SO. YOU HAVE TO LET THESE COMPANIES YOU HAVE TO LET THESE COMPANIES DO WHAT THEY DO. DO WHAT THEY DO. THEY THINK THIS HAS BECOME THEY THINK THIS HAS BECOME POLITICAL WHEN REALLY THE DATA POLITICAL WHEN REALLY THE DATA DOESN’T BACK THAT UP. DOESN’T BACK THAT UP.>>I KNOW THERE HAVE BEEN>>I KNOW THERE HAVE BEEN DIFFERENT KINDS OF TECH FORUMS DIFFERENT KINDS OF TECH FORUMS AT THE WHITE HOUSE. AT THE WHITE HOUSE. MORE RECENTLY WE SAW THE WHITE MORE RECENTLY WE SAW THE WHITE HOUSE HOST WHAT WAS REALLY MORE HOUSE HOST WHAT WAS REALLY MORE OF A CONSERVATIVE — OF A CONSERVATIVE –>>IT GOT WEIRD.>>IT GOT WEIRD.>>IT WAS DEFINITELY NOT THE BIG>>IT WAS DEFINITELY NOT THE BIG PLAYERS THAT MOST OF US THINK PLAYERS THAT MOST OF US THINK OF. OF. DO WE EXPECT THOSE GROUPS TO BE DO WE EXPECT THOSE GROUPS TO BE INVITED TOMORROW AS WELL? INVITED TOMORROW AS WELL? DO WE KIND OF HAVE A REAL SENSE DO WE KIND OF HAVE A REAL SENSE OF SORT OF WHO’S ON THE GUEST OF SORT OF WHO’S ON THE GUEST LIST? LIST?>>THAT’S THE THING.>>THAT’S THE THING. WE DON’T KNOW. WE DON’T KNOW. SO THERE ARE HINTS. SO THERE ARE HINTS. I GUESS THERE’S A WEBSITE CALLED I GUESS THERE’S A WEBSITE CALLED DAB WHERE THE SYNAGOGUE SHOOTER DAB WHERE THE SYNAGOGUE SHOOTER LAST YEAR LEFT HIS — HE SAID LAST YEAR LEFT HIS — HE SAID SCREW THE OPTICS, I’M GOING IN, SCREW THE OPTICS, I’M GOING IN, HE POSTED ON GAB AFTER A BUNCH HE POSTED ON GAB AFTER A BUNCH OF CONSPIRACY THEORIES AND WENT OF CONSPIRACY THEORIES AND WENT AND SHOT UP THE SYNAGOGUE. AND SHOT UP THE SYNAGOGUE. ERIC TRUMP STARTED FOLLOWING GAB ERIC TRUMP STARTED FOLLOWING GAB TODAY ON TWITTER. TODAY ON TWITTER. THAT’S A HINT. THAT’S A HINT. IT’S NOT A GREAT HINT. IT’S NOT A GREAT HINT. WE MIGHT GET THAT SORT OF THING. WE MIGHT GET THAT SORT OF THING. WE MIGHT GET ACTUAL TECH EVENTS. WE MIGHT GET ACTUAL TECH EVENTS. WE DON’T KNOW.

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9 thoughts on “Examining Tech Companies’ Role In The Rise Of Extremism Online | NBC News Now

  1. Trump is about to sign a Executive Order on Tech Companies. 250k a plate, your a liar. This is a Democrat propaganda channel

  2. Tech companies engaging in totalitarianism.. Censorship of non leftist views. Banning of conservatives on Twitter, Facebook, Youtube. Shameful. UnAmerican.

  3. "The data doesn't back that up" 3:20 You are a lying worthless pos and part of the problem.
    Drop the News… NBC BS

  4. 1st Amendment.
    I may not agree with you but you have every right to speak your piece.
    However, nothing makes me continue to listen.
    If we can't agree on this we are finished as a country.

  5. There is so much hate online because all the big Tech companies are run by Democrats. All condone and promote hate yet, they all censor anyone who speaks with facts and common sense.

  6. Obviously, blatant violence will remain banned on social media nobody disagrees about that. Stop with the scare tactics it negates any intelligence in your statement—you”re the genesis for fear & hate. Media is left leaning as evidenced by Facebook & Twitter employees found on tape admitting that they target banning right leaning people/organizations and are encouraged to.

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