Schumer Proposes $25K Reward for Social Media Terror Tip-Offs

Senator Charles Schumer (D-NY) speaks during the 30th Annual Brooklyn Tribute to Martin Luther King Jr. in the Brooklyn borough of New York January 18, 2016. REUTERS/Brendan McDermid
Senator Charles Schumer. (Reuters/Brendan McDermid)

U.S. Sen. Charles Schumer is introducing legislation mandating a $25,000 reward for information gathered from social media that helps thwart a terror attack.

The New York Democrat told The Associated Press the legislation will be introduced later this month. Schumer will formally announce the bill at a news conference on Sunday.

He says the public should “say something if they see something, especially on their newsfeed.”

Schumer says current law does not specifically cover tips generated through social media. The proposed bill would require the Department of State to pay rewards of no less than $25,000 for information that leads to an arrest or conviction in a terror case.

A Department of State spokeswoman said the agency is consulting experts and will respond as soon as it can.