Cesar Sayoc: Political commentator says Twitter failed to act after she reported threats from mail bomb suspect

Cesar Sayoc: Political commentator says Twitter failed to act after she reported threats from mail bomb suspect

The American political commentator Rochelle Ritchie has claimed that Twitter failed to act after she was sent threats by Cesar Sayoc, who has been arrested in connection with the 'explosive devices' sent to critics of Donald Trump this week.

Ritchie, who has previously worked as the press secretary for the House Democrats, has stated that she received threatening messages from Sayoc earlier this month, after making an appearance on Fox News on October 2.

Although Sayoc's Twitter account has now been suspended, Ritchie had taken screenshots of the messages that he sent to her and in a tweet and asked why Twitter failed to do anything about the threats.

In the tweets, Sayoc allegedly told Ritchie:

So you like make threats [sic]. We unconquered Seminole Tribe will answer your threats.

We have a nice silent air boat ride for u here on our land Everglades Swamp.

We will see you 4 sure. Hug your loved one real close every time you leave you [sic] home.

Ritchie reported the abuse to Twitter who found that there was "no violation" of their rules.

As she pointed out in her recent tweet that although they didn't find his threats "serious" he has just been arrested on suspicion of sending 'bombs' to prominent Democrats and CNN.

She later appeared on CNN Tonight with Don Lemon and further criticised Twitter for their inaction.

What is abusive behaviour? Is it gonna take the bomb going off?

Is it gonna take my body or your body or someone else's body being found in the swamp of the Everglades in order for Twitter or other social media websites to take this stuff seriously?

This was a serious threat and I'm not a high-profile person like you.

Look, I don't have the secret service checking by mail and vetting for me when I go and check my mail.

Ritchie told USA Todaythat she blocked Sayoc's account after she received the messages, which were in response to her criticising Donald Trump and Kanye West.

She added that she is used to receiving abusive and racist comments on Twitter but that this one was a "little different."

She later shared a message that Twitter sent to her which claimed that the initial response was sent to her in 'error' and that Sayoc had now been suspended.

In a statement obtained by Ellein regards to the issue, Twitter said:

This is an ongoing law enforcement investigation.

We do not have a comment.

HT Daily Dot

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