Democratic strategist Rochelle Ritchie tweeted on Friday afternoon that Twitter failed to take action against a man who harassed her online, threatening her life in a reply to a tweet she sent several weeks ago.
That man turned out to be a terrorist. Cesar Sayoc, who was arrested on Friday for sending pipe bombs in the mail to more than a dozen individuals who have spoken out against President Donald Trump’s policies while in office, apparently also took the time to send threats to people on social media websites just a few weeks ago.
Sayoc replied to a tweet from Ritchie, telling her that “we have a nice silent Air boat ride for u here on our land Everglades Swamp.” He also advised her to “hug your loved ones real close every time” Ritchie left her home, according to reporting from ThinkProgress.
Ritchie immediately reported the tweet to Twitter, thinking it in violation of their rules and standards. After all, Sayoc was implying he was going to find a place for her to die.
But according to Twitter, Sayoc’s words were perfectly reasonable, and did not violate their terms and services.
On Friday, following Sayoc’s arrest, Ritchie made certain that Twitter saw that the man they said posed no danger to her was the same guy who tried to assassinate two former presidents, various other government officials, and voices on the left.
“Hey @Twitter remember when I reported the guy who was making threats towards me after my appearance on @FoxNews and you guys sent back a bs response about how you didn’t find it that serious,” Ritchie wrote. “Well guess what it’s the guy who has been sending #bombs to high profile politicians!!!!”
Twitter has had problems in the past dealing with users who engage in violent and conspiratorial content, especially for those on the right. The social media site seemingly took forever to respond to Alex Jones, whom they finally took action against for his “abusive behavior” on the social platform. They were the last of the major social media networks to do so, according to reporting from Slate.
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