Gov. Hochul orders New York State Police to create new unit to fight hate speech online

New York Gov. Kathy Hochul announced a plan to “combat domestic terrorism” and investigate violent extremism online following the mass shooting at a grocery store in Buffalo over the weekend.

“NEW: We’re proposing a comprehensive plan to combat domestic terrorism, strengthen state gun laws, & investigate social media platforms promoting violent extremism. In wake of the racist act of terror in Buffalo, New York will lead the charge to confront this epidemic head-on,” Hochul tweeted Wednesday afternoon.

Hochul ordered a new unit led by State Police to track violent extremism online and investigate social media companies that allow for hate speech to be posted on the platforms, the New York Post reported.

The announcement Wednesday includes an executive order requiring the State Police to seize weapons under the state’s “red flag law” from people determined to be a threat to themselves or others. – READ MORE