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As Mashable points out, in the 12 days since Trump's inauguration, approximately 12,000 tweets have gone out calling for his assassination. And while the U.S. Secret Service can't possibly follow up on the threats of that many disaffected snowflakes, people who have a history of criminal activity and/or those who make several threats should probably expect a knock on their door.
" Former U.S. Secret Service special agent Tim Franklin, who is now a criminology and criminal justice professor of counterterrorism and cybercrimes at Arizona State University, said in a phone call Tuesday that "it’s the people who have a true and genuine intent to do harm that the Secret Service is worried about."
That's why one-off posts and people with no record of threatening messages tend to get passed over. He said the Secret Service is looking out for trends and consistent behavior, like the person who repeats their intent to kill the president over time. If someone has made threats in the past they are more likely to get investigated when they post another "Kill Trump"
"They're not going to to beat down the door of everybody who makes a negative Twitter comment," Franklin said, which may be a relief to anyone who tweeted an off-hand and not entirely serious death wish for the new president.
But for users who use certain language and specific details about the president, his location and how the assassination will happen, the Secret Service will likely take notice."
And while Twitter and Facebook have explicit rules prohibiting "threats of violence", thousands of Trump threats seemingly slip through the crack every day.
originally posted by: ColdWisdom
a reply to: Grambler
Perhaps twitter's lack of censorship is a blessing in disguise, so long as the secret service has the labor and logistical support to investigate each and very claim in order of priority.
originally posted by: OtherSideOfTheCoin
I despise Trump.
But i don't want him dead, just impeached and bankrupt.
The problem is that more than any other modern day president there are going to be a lot of calls for him to be assassinated, most of them just stupid flippant comments made by moronic teenagers looking for some attention; however that means with a increased volume of threats being made there is every chance that the real serious threat could be over looked. Its possible with all of this silly talk of I hope he is assassinated that there is going to be some lone nut with a gun who makes the exact same threat but slips through the net.
originally posted by: Grambler
a reply to: Sublimecraft
That Village magazine cover is unreal.
If that would have been done to Obama, the world would have demanded a retraction from that magazine.
But for Trump, it will be seen as a thought provoking interesting cover.