Death Threats Made Towards Republican Senators Remain on Twitter for Weeks Without Deletion

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Numerous death threats made towards Republican Senators on Twitter remained on the platform for weeks before being deleted, despite the platform’s consistent record of removing “problematic” opinions within a matter of hours. Two weeks ago, a user on Twitter threatened to shoot Senator Roy Blunt, claiming that the Missouri congressman was responsible for “allowing someone to murder my loved ones.” The poster, Kyler Schmitz from Virginia, was detained by police after it was ruled that the threat was an illegal violation of interstate communications. However, his account was only suspended and the tweets deleted once The Hill reached out to Twitter about the threats. “I’m coming for you,” read another tweet towards Senator John Hoeven, along with a clip showing a gun from the popular television series Breaking Bad. “Let’s #ShootRepublicans #Politicians,” proclaimed another. The threatening and sinister tweets are reported to have remained on the platform for weeks despite Twitter’s rigid rules against threats, harassment, and bullying. “You may not make threats of violence or promote violence, including threatening or promoting terrorism,” claims Twitter’s abusive behavior policy. “You may not incite or engage in the targeted abuse or harassment of others” the guidelines also add. Despite the lengthy wait for the