White House to Launch Online Harassment Task Force

 The White House announced that Vice President Kamala Harris will launch a new task force dedicated to fighting online harassment and abuse on Thursday.

President Biden will sign a Presidential Memorandum establishing the White House Task Force to Address Online Harassment and Abuse, responding to the need for government leadership to address online harms, which disproportionately affect women, girls, people of color, and LGBTQIA+ individuals.

The White House said that the task force will address the growing problem of online harassment and abuse, which disproportionately targets women, girls, and LGBTQIA+ people.

“The Task Force will produce recommendations for the Federal government, state governments, technology platforms, schools, and other public and private entities to prevent and address technology-facilitated gender-based violence, including a focus on the nexus between online misogyny and radicalization to violence,” the White House said in a statement.

The National Security Council and the White House Gender Policy Council will co-chair the task force, and Attorney General Merrick Garland and Surgeon General Vivek Murthy will attend the first meeting, which Harris will launch on Thursday.

CNN reported that the task force will develop recommendations and suggestions for the next steps the federal government can take to combat online harassment over the next 180 days. 

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