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Tweet to Kill: Another Presidential Threat

Tuesday, September 11, 2012

tweet to killWhen will people learn?  Tweeting something is the equivalent of standing on a public street corner with a megaphone and yelling your thoughts to the crowd.  What you say on Twitter, LinkedIn, Facebook, Google+ or any other social media site is viewable to the world…and by the way, if what you say is stupid, illegal and/or defamatory, you can and will be held accountable. We have seen this happen too many times now to think anything different.

Let’s just use the example of threatening the life of the President of the United States.  Like we mentioned a couple weeks back when a college student threatened the President on social media, it is a very bad idea.  So bad, that it is considered a federal offense and is punishable up to a $250,000 fine and 5 years in jail. Luckily for the college student, he was let out with a bail bond and then let off with a warning and probation.

Apparently a 21 year old Charlotte, North Carolina man did not read our previous blog post, because he made the same mistake.  During the week of the Democratic National Convention in North Carolina, this young man made several threats to the President on Twitter.  Remember the example we gave back in the first paragraph of this blog, making a threat to the President on Twitter is the equivalent of standing in front of the White House on stage with a megaphone. Not smart and extremely illegal.

So no matter what your opinion of the President, we have hopefully learned by now that sometimes it is not good to be so open about your political beliefs, especially not in the world of social media.  Read the original story below.

Original article: Charlotte man detained in jail after Twitter threats on president