Justice Department asks Apple, other tech companies to help fight ISIS social messaging

Apple may be fighting the Department of Justice and the FBI over iPhone encryption, but the Cupertino, California-based company is working with the two and other companies to help counter ISIS messaging on social media, reports CNN.

The article says the Obama administration is assembling a “high-tech dream team” to battle the terrorist group online. At a Wednesday meeting at the Justice Departmen, executives from Apple, Twitter, Snapchat, Facebook, MTV and Buzzfeed offered their input to top counter intelligence officials, says CNN, quoting an unnamed “industry source familiar with the meeting.”

Nick Rasmussen, director of the National Counterterrorism Center, told the group the administration is making strides in combating ISIS on social media, which the terrorist group uses to recruit members. An agenda of the session obtained by CNN showed nearly 50technology firms and community groups participated, along with a cross-section of U.S. government agencies, including the DOJ, the National Security Council and the State Department. The British Embassy was also included in the manifest.