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White House Rolls Out Task Force to Curb Online Abuse

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Said U.S. vice president Kamala D. Harris at a White House event Thursday launching the task force, "For far too many people, the Internet is a place of fear."

Credit: Demetrius Freeman/The Washington Post

The White House on Thursday launched a task force focused on the prevention of online abuse, marking one of the most significant steps the Biden administration has taken to examine the connection between digital vitriol and violence.

The launch fulfills a pledge Biden made on the campaign trail to convene experts to study online sexual harassment, stalking and nonconsensual pornography, as well as the connection between such abuse and mass shootings and violence against women. The long-awaited initiative comes on the heels of massacres in Uvalde, Tex., and Buffalo, which involved attackers with histories of online threats and radicalization.

"We continue to see how some acts of mass violence, the most recent included, have followed expressions of online hate and abuse," said Kamala D. Harris at a White House event Thursday launching the task force. Harris cited previous Washington Post reporting that one girl who observed the Uvalde gunman being threatening on social media said that was just "how online is."

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