WH To Host Roundtable On Violent Online Extremism

The Washington Post reports:

The White House will host top tech companies to discuss the rise of violent online extremism on Friday, marking the Trump administration’s first major engagement on the issue days after a mass shooting in Texas left 22 people dead.

The gathering will include “include senior administration officials along with representatives of a range of companies,” said White House spokesman Judd Deere in a statement, which did not name which companies would attend.

The White House effort follows an attack this weekend in El Paso, Texas, that was first announced on the anonymous message board 8chan. It was the third such mass shooting this year that began with the posting of a gunman’s hateful screed on the site, which is currently offline following moves by two Internet-services firms.

This meeting comes just two weeks after Trump hosted a meeting about alleged online censorship that was attended by many notorious crackpots.