The Senate Intelligence Committee's top Democrat could soon introduce legislation that would require social media platforms, including Facebook, Twitter and YouTube, to alert federal officials about online terrorist activity, according to a spokesman on Monday.
Sen. Dianne FeinsteinDianne FeinsteinDemocrats exploring lawsuit against Trump Overnight Finance: Dems explore lawsuit against Trump | Full-court press for Trump tax plan | Clock ticks down to spending deadline Comey to testify before Senate Judiciary Committee MORE (D-Calif.) has been pushing for language that would address the growing use by extremist groups of social media to both spread propaganda and plot attacks around the world.
The bill could come as early as today, according to multiple sources.
These opponents have warned the mandate is "troublingly vague."
But the recent deadly assaults in Paris and San Bernardino, California, have given new life to the argument that Web companies should be doing more to help authorities identify potential terrorists.
Reuters reported Monday that several major Silicon Valley players, including Facebook, Google and Twitter, have already bolstered their efforts to scrub extremist online propaganda in response to ongoing pleas from federal officials.