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‘Tech companies can stop this’: NBC reporter warned YouTube about extremist content — and execs literally laughed at him

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NBC News reporter Ben Collins covers online radicalism and how social media platforms introduce extremist content to unsuspecting users, and he said tech companies aren’t doing enough about a growing problem.

Collins appeared Friday on MSNBC’s “Live With Stephanie Ruhle” to discuss online extremism after a gunman murdered 49 Muslims at a New Zealand mosque, and the reporter and counterterrorism expert Malcolm Nance said not enough was being done to stop right-wing terrorism.

“There is a fundamental problem in the global counterterrorism world,” Nance said, “in that terrorists, as far as they are concerned, only come in one flavor — Muslim. What this person was, he was an Australian citizen, he was Caucasian, he was a Christian, and he was part of an ultra-right-wing extremist, and part of that right-wing diaspora that were followers of Anders Behring Breivik, the mass murderer of Norway, who shot dead over 80 children a few years ago.”

“They do not watch right-wing extremism and it is now cropping up everywhere,” he added.

Collins said the gunman’s manifesto echoed themes and used language he frequently encounters in right-wing circles online, and he said their white nationalist rhetoric was inherently violent and threatening.

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“He was a white nationalist, that’s what he was,” Collins said. “We mean that in the sense that he only wanted white people in his nation, that is what white nationalism means. A lot of people try to defang that word, say it’s not as bad as white supremacist. Well how are you going to get only white people in a nation?”

Collins said he’s tried to warn tech companies about the hateful content they host, and asked them to take action, but he said executives have needlessly turned the issue into a political debate.

“This is the blind spot that (Nance) is talking about,” he said. “This stuff isn’t monitored with the rigor because it’s a political issue, it’s become a political issue for really no reason. These people are committing terrorist acts over and over again, using the same platforms, getting radicalized by these same algorithms.”

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“When was the last time you got recommended an ISIS video on YouTube?” Collins added. “Probably never, right? Tech companies can do this, they can stop this, but they made this a political issue that it really isn’t.”

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‘The president is lying’: Trump gets immediately debunked by CNN after claiming he stopped ‘send her back’ chant

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President Donald Trump said Thursday that he stopped the North Carolina rally crowd from chanting "send her back" during a rant about Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN). But CNN immediately called him out for the false claim.

"I didn’t like that they did it and I started speaking very quickly," Trump told the press. "Excuse me. Really? If you would have heard, there was a tremendous amount of noise and action and everything else. I started very quickly. And I think you know that. Maybe you’re giving me too much credit. You’re used to giving me too much credit. Thank you, everybody. I will try. I will certainly try, yes."

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Trump’s racism isn’t a grand plan to win in 2020 — he’s just a ‘blithering idiot’: GOP strategist

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President Donald Trump over the last week has made overtly racist attacks on four Democratic women of color, which has led to speculation that the president believes using racism is the key to winning reelection in 2020.

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"There is always this need to attribute this master plan to Trump because otherwise, you have to come to terms with the fact that he’s a blithering idiot," Stevens said in an interview with the Huffington Post.

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Here is why Nancy Pelosi allowed a House impeachment vote

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Admitting that he isn't privy to insider knowledge from the Democratic leadership, Bloomberg columnist Jonathan Bernstein suggested that House Speaker Nancy Pelosi may be playing a much longer game on the possibility of impeachment hearings on Donald Trump than her detractors believe.

Wondering, "Is Nancy Pelosi closer to impeachment?' Bernstein writes, "Usually, when a regular bill or resolution has been introduced, it’s then referred to committee. If the majority party doesn’t want to consider the bill, it will die with no further action. Under House rules, however, any member can force an impeachment resolution onto the floor as pending business. That’s what [Rep. Al] Green (D-TX) did Wednesday."

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