Texas Department of Public Safety wants social media information about potential threats

    Dale Avant, chief of the Texas Department of Public Safety’s Intelligence and Counterterrorism Division, spoke at the Texas Capitol on Monday, alleging that social media platforms don’t do enough about letting police know about users making threats.

    Kimberly Jones, senior member of the DPS, joined Avant in testifying before a joint House committee. 

    The pair explained that law enforcement has found it difficult to obtain information from social media companies about potential threats to schools. 

    The DPS has tracked more than 1,928 so-called “Threats to Life” reports since 2019.  Avant alleges that, out of those reports, only 34 came from social media to the FBI. 

    Avant further said that he believes social media platforms are doing this to protect civil rights and users’ identities.

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