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Facebook Has Agreed to Provide Info on Orlando Shooter’s Online Activity

Screen Shot 2016-06-16 at 3.11.12 PMLast night, we learned that the shooter who terrorized a gay nightclub in Florida on Sunday morning was checking Facebook prior to the attack and even during it. He was using the social media application to get information on shootings and speeches by ISIS leaders beforehand, updating his status to promise more future attacks, and even checking it in between killings to see if anyone was talking about the massacre.

As reported, Senator Ron Johnson sent a letter to Facebook’s CEO, Mark Zuckerberg, asking for help in digging deeper into the account or accounts maintained by the shooter.

Johnson appeared on Fox News’ The Real Story to tell host Gretchen Carlson that he’s already heard back from Facebook and that the company is interested in moving forward and helping with any necessary investigation.

As Johnson mentioned, social media is one way that terrorists and would-be terrorists get information on how to carry out their attacks, so Facebook’s willingness to take an active role in combatting terrorism is good news.

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