Having discovered that “defunding police” wasn’t a sure-fire win among voters post-George Floyd was over, Congressional Democrats demanded that social media companies highlight all of the bad looks thrown at law enforcement following the FBI raid at Donald Trump’s Mar-a-Lago home. The Washington Post
Leaders of the House Oversight Committee demand that social media companies take immediate action to stop violent threats against law enforcement. This is in response to the FBI’s search for Donald Trump’s Mar-a-Lago estate in Florida.
The lawmakers sent Friday’s letter to eight executives from social media companies including Meta, the parent of Facebook, and Gab, the fringe-right-wing platform. They asked for information on threats made against law enforcement.
Social media can have the exact same effect as trying to remove the Rock of Gibraltar from the emery board. Congress’ sudden concern about people slandering the FBI would seem absurd if they weren’t so serious. I admit that I’m being facetious.
Let’s go back to the main story. Congress is concerned about negative comments made about the FBI by some Americans. Many Americans view the FBI as Joe Biden’s private Gestapo.
“We are concerned by reckless statements made in Congress by the former president and Republican members,” said Carolyn B. Maloney, Chairwoman of the House Oversight Committee (D.N.Y.). Stephen F. Lynch (D.Mass.) is also the House national security subcommittee chair. ). Please immediately address any threats against law enforcement that might appear on your company’s social media accounts.
Legitimate threats to law enforcement must be investigated by those in charge. This applies to almost everyone on both sides of the aisle. No one is against law enforcement in their right mind. The opposition stems from law enforcement no longer enforcing the law but instead becoming a tool of the ruling party to suppress free speech and the Constitutionally-given guarantee to petition the government for a redress of grievances.
It’s hard to imagine Lynch and Rep. Maloney two years ago when The Squad tried defunding law enforcement and failed to demonize it. It is interesting to see how selective Congressional members are when deciding what speech is acceptable.
It is ironic, or not, that it’s the “fringe” that’s most cooperative.
Andrew Torba (Gab CEO) responded to The Washington Post’s request for comment. He linked to two blog posts, including one where Gab said it was “considering” responding to Congress. The second post describes how Gab quickly responded to law enforcement requests regarding the Pennsylvania arrest.
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House Democrats examine the role of social media and the threat to law enforcement online as they look at the renewed calls for violence.
Yes, Ashlibabbitt is a deadly man.
Democrats’ inability to read the room has once more risen to the top.
Nobody condones violence against law enforcement. This is what my colleague said immediately after the Mar-a-Lago raid.
This is not the time to play into the hands of our enemies. Disorganized attacks from the outside will not win the FBI or other corrupt institutions, no matter how good they may feel in the immediate. It requires being strategic and looking long-term. Any Republican politician who doesn’t have the courage to fight back once the tables are turned must be fired.
It proposes law enforcement oversight in order to ensure that the agency is responsible.