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Robert Namer
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June 28, 2022

     The Biden administration launched a new task force aimed at addressing and preventing online harassment and abuse, which disproportionately impact women, young girls, and members of the LGBTQ community.  The WH is trying to stop and control any legal rebuttal or opposition.

     One of the task force’s chief responsibilities will be to study the link between online harassment, mass shootings and violence against women and other groups. “We continue to see how some acts of mass violence, the most recent included, have followed expressions of online hate and abuse,” Vice President Kamala Harris said at a White House event kicking off the task force. Recently accused lone-wolf mass shooters in Buffalo and Uvalde, Texas was linked to disturbing internet activity ahead of their massacres.
 
     Payton Gendron, who is accused of killing 10 people in a racist attack at a Buffalo supermarket, posted a lengthy manifesto, explaining his beliefs and describing his descent into the world of online extremism. Salvador Ramos, who killed 19 children and two teachers at an elementary school in Uvalde, sent cryptic, angry, and scary messages online to women, including to some he didn’t know. When they didn’t respond, he threatened to rape or kidnap them, later acting as if it were a joke. 

     “Hate has become so common on the Internet, that as a society, it’s becoming normalized and, for some users, unavoidable,” Ms. Harris said at the event, which was attended by advocates and survivors. The task force, which fulfills a campaign pledge by President Biden, will also convene to study online sexual harassment, stalking, and revenge porn. It will be co-chaired by the White House’s Gender Policy Council and National Security Council. Task force members include Secretary of State Antony Blinken, Attorney General Merrick Garland and Surgeon General Vivek Murthy. 

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