Trump’s Social Media Site Alerts FBI After User Threats Of Violence


Truth Social is Donald Trump’s answer to Twitter, which banned him after January 6, 2021. With its ironic name, the site quickly filled up with threats against FBI agents after the agency seized boxes of top-secret documents at the Mar-a-Lago resort. But those throwing out the threats might want to read Truth Social’s fine print. The FBI is watching.

The social media platform was apparently created as an “inviting, nonpartisan ‘Big Tent’ of ideas.” But it came as no surprise that Trump’s followers began posting anonymous comments of a coming “war,” referring to the often discussed next “Civil War.”

Even posting anonymously does not guarantee that the individual will be protected from running into a legal wall and “possible prosecution,” The Business Insider reported. It seems Truth Social is no different from any other social media site when it comes to violence.

Trump’s website has “guidelines for law enforcement.” Within these, the user can see the legalese of corporate self-protection:

‘[Truth Social] states that it complies with court orders to reveal user information, restrict access to accounts, or preserve posts. ‘

Then, there are the “emergency requests.” These alerts occur when any law enforcement agency believes there is “an immediate threat.”  In these instances, Truth Social will quickly turn over the individual’s information:

‘If we receive information that provides us with a good faith belief that there is an exigent emergency involving a danger of death or serious physical injury to a person, we may provide any available information necessary to prevent that harm.’

Truth Social even turned over its own CEO Devin Nunes’ information to the authorities, Reuters reported. Trump hired the former Republican California representative away from Congress to lead his social media company:

‘The ruling stems from a $75 million defamation lawsuit brought by Nunes, a former Republican U.S. Congressman from California, against Hearst Magazine Media Inc and journalist Ryan Lizza.’

A man who fired a nail gun at an FBI office in Pennsylvania and fired a shot from his AK15 gun into the air posted his intentions on Truth Social. Ricky Schiffer even tried to enlist others to kill the agents. The man died from gunshot wounds after a lengthy stand-off with the FBI agents.

Both Twitter and Facebook also have the same language on their sites. These two companies also have “dedicated departments for handling requests from law enforcement.”

A former federal prosecutor and MSNBC contributor Barbara McQuade spoke to The Business Insider. She said that a court can order the social media sites to “release user information, including private information like IP addresses or linked email accounts:”

‘If they get a court order, there’s not much they can do about it.’

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Another alt-right social network site, Gab, handed the authorities one individual’s information after he threatened FBI agents online, according to CNN Business. This happened even though Gab marketed itself as offering “less content moderation,” according to the Department of Justice:

‘The website turned over his user information, including his IP address, which led agents to him.’

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Truth Social is no freer than any other social media site when it comes to the law.

Featured image is a screenshot via YouTube.

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