Rep. Adam Kinzinger denounced aggressive internet discourse as threats increased in the wake of the Mar-a-Lago raid.
Kinzinger opined that social media corporations must exert greater effort to prevent the glorification of violence.
On Friday, the House Oversight Committee wrote to social media corporations regarding threats on the internet.
Adam Kinzinger, a Republican congressman, urged on Friday that social media companies take more aggressive measures to deal with online threats of violence.
In an interview with CNN’s Jake Tapper, the Illinois congressman, one of two Republicans on the House select committee looking into the Capitol incident on January 6, stated that the nation must “get to a resolution on what social media is and isn’t responsible for.”
I fully support the First Amendment, he declared. What I oppose is the promotion and dissemination of violent or insurrectionary speech through these media, which could result in a seriously unstable scenario.
After the FBI investigated Donald Trump’s Mar-a-Lago residence on August 8, members of the House Oversight Committee wrote to the CEOs of eight social media companies to demand that they take action against the “increase in online threats against law enforcement officials.”
Executives from Facebook’s parent firm Meta, Twitter, TikTok, Truth Social, Rumble, Gettr, Telegram, and Gab were each given a letter.
The chairs of the Oversight Committee, Reps. Carolyn Maloney and Stephen Lynch, wrote: “We are concerned that careless statements by the former President and Republican Members of Congress have unleashed a flood of violent threats on social media that have already resulted in at least one death and pose a danger to law enforcement officers across the United States.” We kindly request that you respond to any threats of violence against law enforcement that occur on your company’s platforms right away.
Two days after the Mar-a-Lago raid, police in Cincinnati, Ohio, shot and killed an armed man following an hour-long standoff. The suspect allegedly attempted to break into the FBI office.
The older social media users who flaunt their firearms while saying they’re “coming after the government” or the FBI came under fire from Kinzinger as well.
It’s everywhere on TikTok, he remarked. I find it remarkable every time I see these men in their 50s and 60s on TikTok.
But those are the kinds of issues that need to be discussed, he continued, “like how that isn’t acceptable in this nation any longer.
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