A group of tech companies are launching a joint fundraising campaign to help fight terrorism, as they seek to capitalize on a trend of social media companies using the Internet to share information.
The Counterterrorism Technology and Innovation Act of 2016 will allow companies like Facebook and Twitter to donate up to $1.3 billion over three years to the U.S. government to support programs and initiatives aimed at preventing and responding to terrorist attacks.
The companies will also give the government $50 million to launch projects that would help combat the spread of ISIS, a group that uses social media to recruit and disseminate terror.
The law also requires companies to share more information about their products and services with the government, including how they’re used by terrorists and what they may be doing to counter them.
In the past, companies have been reluctant to share details on how they fight terrorism with the U, though the law provides companies with more leeway than previously.
Companies will have to tell the government if they receive payments from the governments of countries including Turkey, Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Egypt, Israel, Egypt and Qatar, which have a history of funding terrorist groups.
The tech companies, including Facebook, Twitter and Google, will also have to share their products with the federal government if a government agency determines that they could be used to spread terrorism.
In a blog post, the companies say they will continue to do so, but they will also seek to share with the Trump administration their strategies for combating terrorism.
They have a responsibility to protect our national security, the company said.
The post, first reported by The Wall Street Journal, was shared by the Electronic Frontier Foundation, a digital rights group that advocates for digital rights.
“We will continue working with our government partners and the U for a long time to fight these threats, including using technology to combat terrorism,” the companies wrote.
“But we will also continue to work to make sure we don’t allow our users to be lulled into a false sense of security.”