A new federal bill, sponsored by Sen. Lindsey Graham Lindsey Olin GrahamGraham says he will support Trump over Kavanaugh Trump: ‘The election is over’ if Democrats take the Senate Rand Paul: ‘If they can’t take the House, they can certainly take the Supreme Court’ MORE (R-S.C.), would mandate that social media platforms take a closer look at their users’ content to ensure that they aren’t promoting hate speech and inciting violence.
Graham’s bill, S. 642, was introduced Monday and is co-sponsored by Sens.
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The bill would create a task force to review all content posted on social media by 2020 candidates.
Twitter is currently reviewing the content it deems to be fake, and is currently considering ways to increase transparency.
It has said it is working to make its platform more user-friendly.
“We need more information to help identify when someone is using their account to promote hate speech or inciting violence,” Graham said Monday in a statement.
“As a country, we need to keep this information from our politicians and from those who wish to spread hate.
We need to make sure that people don’t have a safe place to post hateful messages or spread hate.”
While the bill has a long way to go in the Senate, it is an important step for Graham, who has said he supports the use of social media to curb violent extremism.
Graham, a former presidential candidate, is the only senator from a state to be a co-sponsor of the bill.