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Using Social Media to Prevent Mass Shootings Faces Challenges

August 6, 2019 - The Wall Street Journal

James Hayes, Jr. spoke with The Wall Street Journal about the call for law enforcement and social media companies to develop technology to prevent mass shootings. “It’s a lot easier said than done,” said James Hayes, a vice president at security consulting firm Guidepost Solutions who earlier worked as a special agent in charge of Homeland Security Investigations’ New York field office. Still, law-enforcement agencies know that social-media monitoring is essential, he said: “The reality is that it’s going to be a significant challenge to be quick enough to identify a specific location and take action to prevent it, but you absolutely have to do everything you can to detect that.”