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Video and Testimony: Senate Judiciary Committee Hearing: 'Extremist Content and Russian Disinformation Online'

Expert witnesses including executives from Facebook, Google and Twitter, testified before the Senate Judiciary Committee on extremist content and Russian disinformation operations on social media during the 2016 election.

Terrorism

EDNY Dismisses Suits Against Facebook on Hamas Attacks

Today, the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of New York dismissed two lawsuits seeking to hold Facebook liable for the use of its platform to coordinate and encourage violent attacks by users linked to Hamas in 2015, holding that Facebook was protected from liability under Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act. The opinion grants Facebook's motion to dismiss in two cases, Cohen v. Facebook and Force v.

Readings

Alan Z. Rozenshtein on Digital Communications and Data Storage Companies as "Surveillance Intermediaries"

Alan Z. Rozenshtein, a former contributor to Lawfare who now works at DOJ, has a new article forthcoming in Stanford Law Review, "Surveillance Intermediaries," analyzing the role of corporate actors such as Apple, Google, Facebook, and others, that dominate digital communications and data storage, situated between government and targets of surveillance.

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