US convening meeting on countering Islamic State recruitment

Tashfeen Malik, Syed Farook
This July 27, 2014 photo provided by U.S. Customs and Border Protection shows Tashfeen Malik, left, and Syed Farook, as they passed through O'Hare International Airport in Chicago. The investigation of the mass shooting San Bernardo, California was just hours old when lawmakers, law enforcement and the public started asking the same question: how did U.S. authorities miss the signs that a Pakistani woman asking for a fiancé visa had been radicalized? Tashfeen Malik came to the U.S. last summer on a K-1 visa in July 2014 and passed multiple background checks and at least two in-person interviews, one in Pakistan and another after she married Sayed Farook. (U.S. Customs and Border Protection via AP)

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Obama administration is convening a meeting this week to discuss efforts to counter the propaganda of the Islamic State and its recruitment of Westerners to become terrorists.

The meeting scheduled for Wednesday afternoon at the Justice Department involves government officials as well as dozens of representatives from advertising and social media companies and Silicon Valley.

It will be followed by a reception at the White House.

The summit reflects ongoing concerns about slick Islamic State propaganda that encourages disaffected young adults to join the terror group’s cause in Syria or to commit acts of violence closer to home. Officials and private sector executives are brainstorming ways to fight that messaging, which has often spread through social media platforms such as Twitter.

The Justice Department in the last year has brought charges against dozens of people tied to support for the Islamic State, many of whom were drawn to online propaganda.

The meeting takes place amid an ongoing technology encryption clash that has divided the Obama administration and Silicon Valley, though a government official said the meeting had nothing to do with that topic and was planned long before the current flare-up between the Justice Department and Apple Inc. over access to a locked iPhone became public last week in a California court.

In that matter, a federal magistrate has ordered Apple to help the FBI gain access to a locked phone used by one of the gunmen in the December terror attack in San Bernardino.

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