Suspicious Tweet? The Secret Service Wants To Know About It
Millions of people are on Twitter everyday including yours truly. Among those millions are bound to be idiots who think they can get away with threatening the life of President Obama or Mitt Romney. If you see those type of tweets, the Secret Service wants you to inform them. According to CNS News:
The Secret Service has expanded its operation to Twitter, urging Americans to report on their fellow citizens whose tweets “concern you.”
“To report a tweet that concerns you, call the nearest field office in your state,” the Secret Service tweeted on Oct. 23. The agency then links to a list of contact numbers for Field Offices in each state.
The Secret Service sent another tweet on Wednesday, again asking its followers to report tweets. “Contact your nearest field office with time-sensitive or critical info or to report a tweet,” it said.
The agency has accrued more than 44,000 followers since joining the social media platform on May 9, 2011. Twitter surpassed 500 million user accounts around the world earlier this year, 140 million of which are in the U.S.
Twitter is supposed to be deleting accounts of people who post such threats, but as The Weekly Standard points out, there are still active accounts for people who have threatened Mitt Romney.
More than a dozen Twitter accounts that were used as a medium to publically threaten Republican candidate Mitt Romney’s life after the second presidential debate remain active, nearly two weeks later. This news comes after the Secret Service told this publication that it was “aware” of these very threats on Romney’s life.
“I'm gonna murder Romney right now,” Twitter user @WestonSebree tweeted October 17. But while the user appears to have deleted that particular threat, he remains very active on Twitter.
Likewise, also on October 17, soon after the second presidential debate ended, Twitter user @Jasmineuribe proclaimed, “At this point in time I am completely prepared to MURDER ROMNEY MYSELF!” She continues to remain active on Twitter.
And @GoToSLEEP_Hoe tweeted, “Somebody should assassinate Romney...” That user, too, remains very active.
The Secret Service has to adapt to the changing world and social media is one they must look at. I think the majority of the idiots who threaten Obama or Romney on Twitter are harmless, but the Secret Service shouldn't take the risk. You just never know.