Representatives Malinowski and Riggleman Host Forum on the Spread of Extremism Online

October 16, 2020
Press Release
Joined by Former Assistant Secretary Elizabeth Neumann

(Somerville, NJ) Today, Representatives Tom Malinowski (D-NJ) and Denver Riggleman (R-VA) hosted a virtual forum to discuss the threats posed by white nationalism, anti-Semitism, and other forms of extremism online. They were joined by Elizabeth Neumann, who served in the Trump administration as Assistant Secretary for Counterterrorism and Threat Prevention at the U.S. Department of Homeland Security. You can watch a recording of the event here.

“Today’s conversation showed that the fight against hate and disinformation online requires a true bipartisan effort,” said Rep. Malinowski. “I will continue working across the aisle in Congress to ensure that we recognize the seriousness of this growing threat, and to take concrete steps to protect the safety of Americans and the integrity of our democracy.”

Rep. Malinowski has been an outspoken critic of large social media platforms and their algorithmic amplification of harmful, conspiratorial content. Earlier this month, the House of Representatives passed a bipartisan resolution introduced by Rep. Malinowski and Rep. Riggleman to condemn QAnon, a movement promoting a collection of unfounded conspiracy theories that have spread widely on the internet since 2017. In September, he hosted a public forum with leading experts to discuss the proliferation of conspiracy theories and misinformation online, and how to guard against them.

Since his first days in office, Rep. Malinowski has been a leading voice in Congress in the fight against white supremacist violence and other forms of domestic extremism on all sides of the political spectrum. At Rep. Malinowski’s urging, Congress restored funding in the 2020 budget for DHS Programs to prevent domestic terrorism, which the Trump Administration had cut in 2017. Learn more about this funding, which included $10 million to reestablish the Targeted Violence and Terrorism Prevention Grants program at DHS, here. In January, he hosted an Interfaith Security Briefing for local faith leaders. The briefing featured former Assistant Secretary Neumann, who gave an overview of services available from state and federal law enforcement to better prepare houses of worship to handle potential security threats.