One of the largest social media channels, Twitter has now apologized for failing to act on threatening tweets which are made by the Cesar Sayoc who is also suspected of sending the improvised explosive devices to the Democratic leader and critics of the US President Donal Trump.
“We are investigating what happened and will continue to work to improve how we handle concerns raised by anyone on Twitter,” it said in a statement. On 11th of October, Sayoc published a threatening tweet to the former congressional press secretary R Richie by telling her in a tweet that “We will see you four sure”. Ritchie alerted Twitter of the tweet made from Sayoc's account, which contained several disturbing images and statements.
“Hug your loved ones really close every time you leave you (sic) home,” Sayoc tweeted with Ritchie's picture and a screenshot of a news story of a dead teenager, Business Insider reported on Saturday. After seeing the tweet, Ritchie reported the incident to the Twitter support, but the company said that it” carefully” reviewed her case and “found that there was no violation of the Twitter Rules against abusive behaviour,” according to a screenshot uploaded by Ritchie.
Now, last Friday the police arrested and charged the Sayoc, which is a pro trump activist seen attending a campaign of Trump in the year 2017. His all the social media accounts have been suspected and featured threatening message to the other Trump critics who also includes those whose names were on the explosive packages sent to Democratic lawmakers.
“Please disregard our last reply as it was sent in error,” the company told Ms Ritchie. “We apologise for any inconvenience. We’ve investigated and suspended the account you reported as it was found to be participating in abusive behaviour.”
Twitter, then, suspended Sayoc's account by Friday afternoon. “We made a mistake when Rochelle Ritchie first alerted us to the threat made against her. The tweet clearly violated our rules and should have been removed. We are deeply sorry for that error,” the company said.
The statement came after Ritchie complained to Twitter after Sayoc's tweets were publicized.
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