The Task Force on Combating Harassment and Insults on the Internet will pay special attention to the protection of women, girls and members of the LGBT community. Within 180 days, the task force will prepare a project to stop gender-based violence on the Internet.
A year after the presentation of the project, the group will develop additional recommendations for federal and state agencies, service providers, technology companies, schools and other organizations. According to Kamala Harris, these recommendations will help prevent harassment on the Internet, which often causes mass shootings, online harassment and extremist actions.
The task force will be co-chaired by the Gender Policy Council and the US National Security Council. The group will also include Secretary of State Anthony Blinken, Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin, U.S. Attorney General Merrick Garland, Secretary of Homeland Security Alejandro Mayorkas and other members of the U.S. Cabinet.
In addition to creating a task force, the White House also announced $3 million to fund initiatives that use technology to prevent online bullying and help victims of harassment and online violence.
According to the federal government, one in three women in the United States under the age of 35 reported sexual harassment on the Internet, and more than half of the representatives of the LGBT community said they had been subjected to cyberbullying.
In addition, almost one in four Asian Americans have been insulted, and black people are three times more likely to be victims of racist statements, Harris said.
“No one should tolerate insults just because they are trying to participate in the life of society,” the US Vice President added.