Now that the man suspected of sending at least a dozen bombs to Democratic figures across the country has been arrested, we’re getting a clearer picture of who he is, and his social media presence. A woman on Twitter is claiming that an account associated with the man who was arrested has made threats on the site against her this month.
Rochelle Ritchie, who has previously worked for CBS, the Baltimore City State’s Attorneys office, and as Press Secretary for the Democratic Policy and Communications Committee, tweeted about the threats on Friday afternoon after the suspect was identified as 56-year-old Cesar Sayoc of Aventura, Florida.
Hey @Twitter remember when I reported the guy who was making threats towards me after my appearance on @FoxNews and you guys sent back a bs response about how you didn’t find it that serious. Well guess what it’s the guy who has been sending #bombs to high profile politicians!!!! pic.twitter.com/xBY8FMbqnq
— R O C H E L L E (@RochelleRitchie) October 26, 2018
A Twitter spokesperson released the following statement to Mashable: “This is an ongoing law enforcement investigation. We do not have a comment.”
Mashable has also reached out to Ritchie for further comment on the incident, and we’ll update with more information if it becomes available.
If the tweets are indeed from the suspect, it’s another major mark against Twitter, which has long faced criticism for its failure to curtail such harassment on its platform. The company continued to tip-toe around the issue, making certain caveats about what constitutes harassment.
If individuals are not targeted (e.g. @ mention, tagged in a photo, etc.), we allow a wide range of content as long as it doesn’t cross the line into threatening violence.
— Twitter Safety (@TwitterSafety) August 7, 2018
As for this specific case, it seems to check off all the necessary requirements: targeted tweet and a clear threat of violence, not to mention a pattern of similar threats made to others.
This story is developing…