US Senator Joe Lieberman, the chairman of the Senate Homeland Security Committee, has asked Google to step-up its efforts to crack-down on jihadist content posted on its Blogger platform.
In a letter to Google CEO Larry Page, Lieberman asked that Google must implement means to crack down on Blogger users who published anti-west, jihadist content on the platform and add a Flag button that allows users to report offensive and dangerous content.
The letter comes after the New York Police Department arrested 27-year-old Jose Pimentel of Manhattan on state terrorism charges, plotting to build bombs, with the help of the internet, targeting police and post offices.
He also had a blog on Blogger through which he remained connected with other extremists and posted hate-filled content on the platform.
"As demonstrated by this recent case, Google's webhosting site Blogger is being used by violent Islamist extremists to broadcast terrorist content. Pimentel's site is just one of the many examples of homegrown terrorists using Google-hosted sites to propagate their violent ideology." Lieberman wrote in the letter [PDF]
He also said that Google had banned people from posting extremist, jihadist videos on YouTube but added that the company had failed to deploy the same measures in its other platforms, like Blogger.