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House panel seeks social media data on FBI threats made after Trump research

Aug 19 (Reuters) – U.S. Democratic lawmakers on Friday asked social media platforms to provide data on an increase in online threats to law enforcement following a search of the former president’s home Donald Trump in Florida and asked how they plan to react.

House Oversight Committee Chair Carolyn Maloney and National Security Subcommittee Chair Stephen Lynch urged CEOs to act quickly in letters to eight internet companies, including Meta Platforms Inc (META.O), Twitter Inc. (TWTR.N) and TikTok.

The demands come more than a week after a Columbus man was shot in a confrontation with police after trying to enter an FBI building in Ohio. Last week, the FBI and the US Department of Homeland Security alerted law enforcement to an increase in threats.

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Democrats want to know if the rise in online threats was related to what they described as “reckless statements” issued by Trump and Republicans condemning the raid.

“We urge you to take immediate action to address any threat of violence against law enforcement that appears on your

company platforms,” the lawmakers said in the letters.

Letters have also been sent to the Trump-backed platform, Truth Social, Rumble, Gettr, Telegram and Gab.

In addition to information about the companies’ response to online threats, the House panel also asked about their plans to minimize users’ ability to incite violence.

Lawmakers said they would consider proposing legislation to protect court officers and improve coordination with federal agencies.

The FBI has come under online threats since its agents searched Trump’s Mar-a-Lago estate last week as part of an investigation into documents removed from the White House when Trump left office. in January 2021. Officers removed 11 sets of classified documents from the resort town of Palm Beach, including some labeled “top secret” for the most sensitive US national security information.

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Reporting by Tyler Clifford in New York Editing by Tomasz Janowski

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