Twitter bans Florida Republican Luis Miguel for threatening FBI and IRS agents

Twitter has banned a Florida Republican candidate from the platform after a tweet encouraging the killing of federal agents, as reported Florida politics Friday.

Luis Miguel campaigned in the Republican primary to represent Florida’s 20th district in the state House of Representatives. Twitter did not immediately respond to a request for comment on its rationale for the ban.

Miguel’s threat comes amid intense GOP hostility toward the FBI and IRS, spurred by the federal raid on Mar-a-Lago and Congress’s recent decision to increase tax enforcement. But Miguel’s tweet went beyond criticizing the agencies, calling for gun violence against their employees.

“Under my plan, all Floridians will be able to shoot the FBI, IRS, ATF and all other Federal troops ON SIGHT,” the message read. “Let freedom ring.”

Florida politics found the same statement posted on Miguel’s Facebook and Instagram pages, though the posts have since been deleted and his profiles remain active. Facebook and Instagram did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

The platforms have come under particular pressure to moderate anti-government threats following a gunman’s attack on the FBI’s Cincinnati office. The shooter, who was killed by police after a standoff, had made numerous threats against the agency on Trump’s Truth Social network.

On the same day as Miguel’s ban, members of Congress requested information from Twitter, Facebook and other platforms about their work to counter ongoing threats against law enforcement. Among other questions, lawmakers asked how many of these threats were detected on the platforms and how many of these threats were subsequently removed.

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