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Monday, October 29, 2012

Death Threat Makers Still Active On Twitter

--posted by Tony Garcia on 10/29/2012

I guess making death threats against Romney is not a violation of Twitter TOS and Rules as those who have done so have not had their account closed yet.

It has been a few weeks since the 2nd Presidential Debate during which several death threats were made against Romney.
More than a dozen Twitter accounts that were used as a medium to publically threaten Republican candidate Mitt Romney’s life after the second presidential debate remain active, nearly two weeks later. This news comes after the Secret Service told this publication that it was “aware” of these very threats on Romney’s life.

“I'm gonna murder Romney right now,” Twitter user @WestonSebree tweeted October 17. But while the user appears to have deleted that particular threat, he remains very active on Twitter.

Likewise, also on October 17, soon after the second presidential debate ended, Twitter user @Jasmineuribe proclaimed, “At this point in time I am completely prepared to MURDER ROMNEY MYSELF!” She continues to remain active on Twitter.
Those are clearly threats that fit under the words of Twitter's Rules, "Violence and Threats: You may not publish or post direct, specific threats of violence against others."

According to Twitter's Terms of Service the accounts should not be active.
We may suspend or terminate your accounts or cease providing you with all or part of the Services at any time for any reason, including, but not limited to, if we reasonably believe: (i) you have violated these Terms or the Twitter Rules, (ii) you create risk or possible legal exposure for us; or (iii) our provision of the Services to you is no longer commercially viable.

Other violators:
And @GoToSLEEP_Hoe tweeted, “Somebody should assassinate Romney...” That user, too, remains very active.

The list goes on—and on. (Such as, users: @LoudJet_Life, @alyy_joee, @iBeBlowinUrMind, @AllHaleDeja_, @4shogbmg, @DamnGurlYuNasty, @LosHomocidio, @m_So_Sinqleee, @ItsCeddyB, @_KingKiera, @emma_rizzuto, @_OVO_Libra. Check Twitchy here, for the original report on threats to Romney’s life after the debate.)
The threats were made.
The accounts are still active.
Conclusion: Threats against Romney are acceptable.

**** UPDATE ****
As of 2pm Central time, 10/29/12 all of the above mentioned accounts are active with posts within the previous hour.

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