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WH to Meet with Internet, Tech Companies Following Mass Shootings

White House officials are set to meet with internet and tech companies on Friday to discuss how to prevent violent extremism online.

White House officials are expected to meet with representatives of big tech and internet companies following a string of mass shootings over the weekend.

Those meetings are set to take place Friday with various senior officials to discuss how the internet facilities violent extremism and how to prevent mass shootings in the future.

It was not made immediately clear which senior officials would be meeting with the various tech companies.

Earlier this week, President Trump emphasized the importance of making sure those who pose a risk to themselves or others should not possess firearms.

He said, “We must recognize that the internet has provided a dangerous avenue to radicalize disturbed minds and perform demented acts.”

The president continued by emphasizing the importance of implementing tools used to detect red flags and stop shooters before they strike.

The president indicated support for red flag laws, which restrict individuals from having guns who are believed to pose a serious risk to themselves or others.

The restriction is a temporary order and usually only specific people can ask the court for an extreme risk protection order, which is usually only three weeks at the longest.

The person targeted by the order does have an opportunity to respond, and depending on the circumstances, the court is able to issue a more permanent restriction.

This comes just days after over 30 people died over the weekend following two mass shootings, one in El Paso, Texas, and the other in Dayton, Ohio.   

The president traveled to both locations this week visiting with those still in the hospital recovering and thanking first responders involved in the tragedies.

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