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The next social media hearings may be about gun violence

Senator Lindsey Graham talks to reporters
Sen. Lindsey Graham says he's worried about threats of gun violence online. Photo: Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call

Republican Sen. Lindsey Graham (S.C.) says he'd like to grill America's social media companies at a hearing about the way threats of gun violence, including against schools, spread online.

Why it matters: Social media can be a potent vehicle for threats of violence. Earlier this week schools in Bayonne, N.J. shut down after threats of a school shooting appeared on social media.