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Sen. Gary Peters Requests Info on DHS’ Efforts to Address Domestic Extremist Content on Social Media

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Sen. Gary Peters, D-Mich., chairman of the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee, has asked the Department of Homeland Security to provide policies, strategies and guidance for countering domestic extremism and domestic extremist threats on social media platforms. 

Peters wrote a letter to DHS Tuesday asking the department to submit information on its coordination efforts with social media companies to detect and prevent such threats on online platforms and strategies and actions taken to avoid extremist violence online. 

The letter addressed to DHS Secretary and 2021 Wash100 Award winner Alejandro Mayorkas is requesting the department to provide documents related to HSI and I&A investigations involving domestic extremist threats on social media platforms; I&A products related to domestic extremist threats online, and information on DHS offices responsible for receiving notifications from social media companies. 

DHS should submit the documents and information to the Senate panel no later than Oct. 27th.