House panel probes online threats to federal law enforcement
The House Oversight Committee is investigating threats made against federal law enforcement on social media.
Why it matters: The probe comes amid a spike in threats after the FBI's search of Mar-a-Lago, including against FBI and DOJ officials and the judge who approved the search warrant.
- It also comes after an attack on an FBI building in Cincinnati, and after the arrest of a Pennsylvania man for making violent threats against the FBI.
- The personal information of FBI agents involved in the search was also posted on Truth Social, former President Trump's social media site, by a former Trump administration aide.
Driving the news: Chair Carolyn Maloney (D-N.Y.) and Rep. Stephen Lynch (D-Mass.), who chairs the Oversight subcommittee on national security, sent letters to social media companies demanding "immediate action to address any threats of violence against law enforcement" on their platforms.
- The letters also ask the companies about the volume of threats they've identified on their sites since the search — and whether there has been a "change in the nature or specificity of these threats."
- They also request documents related to their policies on threatening posts, as well as "[a]ll advertisements shown alongside posts that were reported to law enforcement or removed by your company for threatening law enforcement."
- The letters were sent to eight companies: Meta (the parent company of Facebook), Twitter, TikTok, Truth Social, Rumble, Gettr, Telegram and Gab.
The big picture: Threats are increasingly becoming a new normal in political life, especially for lawmakers.