The Trump White House wants tech companies like Facebook, Google and Twitter to disclose who is behind the alt-right meme that has fueled the rising rise of President Donald Trump.
It would also force tech platforms to allow law enforcement to investigate the posters’ identity and make their information public, according to a draft of the order obtained by The Washington Times.
The order is the latest sign of the administration’s growing desire to crack down on extremist online content.
Trump, who campaigned on a platform of bringing back the jobs of Americans, has used the term “alt right” to describe the movement, and the president has repeatedly criticized Facebook and Twitter for failing to police their users.
In a series of tweets last week, Trump called the meme “the hottest thing to hit our platform since ISIS.”
The order would require tech companies such as Facebook, Twitter and Google to identify their users and allow law-enforcement to identify the people behind the racist posts.
Tech companies would be required to publicly report any posts that have been flagged as hate speech or violent threats, as well as provide “reasonable” evidence of the content’s origin.
Twitter would also be required under the order to publish a “public account” of all hate speech it has flagged, and to take other steps to prevent its users from posting similar content.
In addition, tech companies would have to post an annual list of all the content flagged as hateful or violent, including accounts created by white supremacists, white supremacists and other extremists.
The government would also require tech platforms, including Facebook, to make public “all information regarding the content posted by persons who appear to be affiliated with the alt right.”
The Trump order would also bar tech platforms from providing any kind of financial incentive to people or groups whose content is deemed “hateful” or violent.
In order to comply with the order, the companies would also have to “provide a transparent list of individuals who have been identified as members of the alt righter community,” as well provide “any information” to the public about their identities.
“We have received reports from law enforcement authorities that some of these individuals are associated with the neo-Nazi movement,” Facebook spokeswoman Nicole Devenanzio wrote in an email.
“The public should have access to this information to identify these individuals and to hold them accountable.”
Facebook has not yet responded to a request for comment.
The draft order, obtained by the newspaper, also includes provisions that would require law enforcement agencies to have “a reasonable and articulable suspicion” that a person has committed or is committing a hate crime.
That language could be used to prosecute people for posting racist content, and it could be tied to “criminal investigations.”
The draft orders would also direct law enforcement officers to have a “reasonable suspicion” of “violent extremist activity.”
Those terms could also apply to the posting of pro-Trump memes on social media platforms.
Tech platforms could also be compelled to publish “information about hate crimes and terrorist activities by persons associated with organizations associated with hate groups.”
Tech companies are already required to post their policies on their websites about how they collect and use data on how people use their platforms.
Twitter has also publicly announced plans to begin allowing law enforcement access to its data, including identifying the people who created or shared the posts.
Google, too, has recently announced that it is expanding its policies about data collection.
The Trump draft order would be the latest indication that the administration is planning to clamp down on internet speech.
Last week, the president signed a law that would allow the FBI to subpoena the emails and information of “anyone on the Internet who is a member of the public who engages in a ‘violent act’ against another person.”
Earlier this year, the White House barred the federal government from investigating hate crimes committed by white nationalists, neo-Nazis and other violent extremists.
It also banned funding to anti-government organizations, and a law earlier this year was signed by President Donald J. Trump that required the Department of Homeland Security to “promptly notify” companies if they receive federal grants from the Department’s Homeland Security Office of Emergency Response and Preparedness.
The law was also signed by a Republican president.