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Lowell Bowdle, CEO of Certitude Security, provided comment in advance of the September 18th Senate Commerce Committee hearing on Mass Violence, Extremism, and Digital Responsibility. “These social platforms own the data. Unfortunately, in most cases, the signs are caught too late. Congress is trying to gain access to intelligence or analytics.”

In light of recent incidents of mass violence, this hearing will examine the proliferation of extremism online and explore the effectiveness of industry efforts to remove violent content from online platforms. Witnesses will discuss how technology companies are working with law enforcement when violent or threatening content is identified and the processes for removal of such content.