U.S. Department of Homeland Security emblem is pictured at the National Cybersecurity & Communications Integration Center in Arlington Virginia

U.S. meets tech leaders, forms task force to fight online militants

U.S. Department of Homeland Security emblem is pictured at the National Cybersecurity & Communications Integration Center in Arlington VirginiaBy Dustin Volz and Mari Saito WASHINGTON/SAN JOSE (Reuters) – The Obama administration on Friday sent its top national security officials to meet tech industry leaders in Silicon Valley and announced a new task force to counter online propaganda as the United States tries to crack down on the unprecedented use of the Internet by jihadists. White House Chief of Staff Denis McDonough led a high-level government delegation that held talks with representatives from some of the country’s biggest technology companies, including Apple CEO Tim Cook. It was the latest effort by the Obama administration to cajole tech firms to be more cooperative with the intelligence community following a rift prompted by former National Security Agency contractor Edward Snowden’s disclosures, which detailed government surveillance.

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