The White House has invited major tech and media companies to a meeting this Wednesday afternoon to evaluate anti-terrorism strategies, according to a report by the New York Times. The goal of the meeting is to figure out strategies to combat terrorists’ use of social networks, according to the paper.
There is no word yet on who got invited, or on who will actually attend the meeting, but the Times is reporting that it is being called the “Madison Valleywood Project” in reference to the participation of representatives from Madison Avenue, Silicon Valley and Hollywood.
The timing of the event is certainly interesting: Many in the tech industry are currently at odds with the Executive Branch about the Justice Department’s lawsuit against Apple.
Federal prosecutors want Apple to help with the unlocking of an iPhone used by one of the perpetrators of the San Bernardino shooting. Apple is arguing that this would amount to a dangerous precedent, and executives from Twitter, Google and Facebook have backed the company’s stance.
That said, some tech companies have been proactive in fighting the use of their platforms by extremists. Twitter revealed earlier this month that it had suspended some 125,000 accounts associated with the Islamic State. Researchers of the George Washington University’s Program on Extremism found that these suspensions have been very effective at curtailing ISIS propaganda, according to a report by the Atlantic.