Social media set to face upsurge in online threats

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  • Representative Adam Kinzinger has condemned violent speech online as threats increase after the Mar-a-Lago raid.
  • Kinzinger suggested social media companies need to do more to stop the promotion of violence.
  • The House Oversight Committee sent letters Friday to social media companies about online threats.

Republican Rep. Adam Kinzinger suggested Friday that social media companies should be more proactive against violent threats made online.

The Illinois congressman, who is one of two Republicans on the House Select Committee investigating the Jan. 6 Capitol riot, said during an interview with CNN’s Jake Tapper that the country needed to “come to a conclusion about what social media is and isn’t responsible for.” for.”

“I’m all for the First Amendment,” he said. “What I am not for is the promotion of insurrectionary type, violent type speech, transmitted in these media which can lead to a really destabilized situation.

His comments came hours after lawmakers on the House Oversight Committee sent letters to executives of eight social media companies, demanding they take action against the “spike in online threats against law enforcement officers.” orders” that have been made since the FBI searched Donald Trump’s Mar. -a-Lago home on August 8th.

A letter has been sent to the executives of Meta, the parent company of Facebook, Twitter, TikTok, Truth Social, Rumble, Gettr, Telegram and Gab.

“We are concerned that reckless statements by the former president and Republican members of Congress have sparked a flood of violent threats on social media that have already left at least one person dead and pose a danger to law enforcement. order across the United States,” the rep said. Carolyn Maloney and Rep. Stephen Lynch, the chairs of the Oversight Committee, wrote. “We urge you to take immediate action to address any threats of law enforcement violence that appear on your company’s platforms.”

A gunman was shot and killed by police last week after an hours-long confrontation at an FBI office in Cincinnati, Ohio, two days after the Mar-a-Lago raid. Authorities said the suspect attempted to break into the FBI office.

Kinzinger also criticized older social media users who show their guns and claim they are “going after the government” or the FBI.

“It’s all on TikTok,” he said. “It’s always amazing for me to see these 50, 60 year old men on TikTok.”

“But those are the kinds of things that we need to discuss – like it can’t be allowed in this country anymore,” he continued.

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