Law Enforcement Investigations of Extremist Calls to Action on Social Media [September 1, 2022] [open pdf - 714KB]
From the Document: "In the wake of government actions that some have viewed as partisan or political--such as the U.S. Supreme Court's decision [hyperlink] in 'Dobbs v. Jackson Women's Health Organization' [hyperlink] and the Federal Bureau of Investigation's (FBI's) search [hyperlink] of former President Trump's residence at Mar-a-Lago--there have been calls to action on social media platforms. Some of these calls to action have included calls for violence. For instance, following the Supreme Court's 'Dobbs' decision, individuals characterized as abortion rights extremists reportedly issued calls for violence [hyperlink] on social media platforms. In addition, following the FBI's search of Mar-a-Lago, individuals characterized as right-wing extremists reportedly called for violence [hyperlink] on social media. As such, policymakers may be interested in how extremists and law enforcement use social media, as well as conducting oversight over law enforcement use of social media to thwart or investigate extremists' threats of violence."
CRS Insight, IN11999
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