The FBI’s search of former President Donald Trump’s residence sparked a spate of online death threats against law enforcement officials. Now members of the House Oversight Committee want information from major social platforms, including the number of threats that have surfaced on their sites and what they have done in response. The Washington Post reported which the legislature sent out on Friday letters across eight different platforms, including Meta, Twitter, TikTok and messaging app Telegram, as well as right-wing platforms Truth Social, Rumble and Gettr.
“The committee is trying to understand how your company responds when users post threats against law enforcement, how your company plans to prevent your platform from being used to incite violence against law enforcement personnel, and whether legislative reform is needed to ease staff of law enforcement and enhance coordination with federal agencies,” wrote Carolyn B. Maloney (D-NY), chair of the House Oversight Committee, and Stephen F. Lynch (D-MA), chair of the House National Security Subcommittee . No Republicans signed the letter.
Earlier this month, a man armed with a nail gun and a rifle attempted to break into an FBI field office in Ohio. The suspect was later shot dead by officers and pronounced dead at the scene. Media later reported that the suspect posted multiple times about his plans on Trump’s own Truth Social in the days leading up to the attack. “We can’t tolerate that,” suspected the suspect wrote in a post.
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