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Cesar Sayoc Jr. reportedly sent more than 240 threats to officials

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composite image of Cesar Sayoc, one of the pipe bombs he is
accused of sending, and his Dodge Ram van that was confiscated by
the FBI.

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  • Cesar Sayoc, Jr., the man accused of sending
    improvised explosive devices to Democratic leaders and critics
    of President Donald Trump, reportedly published more than 240
    tweets threatening at least 50 public officials.
  • Sayoc, an apparent Trump supporter, would also repeat
    his threats against political and media personalities around a
    dozen times in a row.
  • While the FBI has made an effort to inform Sayoc’s
    targets of the threats, social media giants like Twitter and
    Facebook have been criticized for being slower to take
    proactive measures.

The package bombing suspect accused of sending over a dozen
improvised explosive devices to Democratic leaders and critics of
President Donald Trump published over 240 tweets threatening at
least 50 public officials, according to a CNN
report
Tuesday.

Fifty-six-year-old Cesar Sayoc from Florida, who was arrested and
charged for mailing the devices to Trump’s political opponents,
made
numerous threats on social media
, including statements like
“Your Time is coming” and “Hug your loved ones real close
every time you leave you [sic] home.”

Sayoc, an apparent Trump supporter, would also repeat his
threats against political and media personalities around a dozen
times in a row, according to CNN. Sayoc’s apparent Twitter
account is now suspended.

Sayoc’s targets included Michael Avenatti, the attorney for
Stormy Daniels; David Hogg, a survivor of the Marjory Stoneman
Douglas High School shooting; and comedian Kathy Griffin.

Democratic lawmakers were also reportedly targeted by
Sayoc, who publicized their home address and implied he would
make a visit.

“See you soon,” Sayoc wrote to Democratic Rep. Maxine
Waters, one of Trump’s most vocal political opponents. Sayoc
included a photo of Waters’ home, CNN said in the report.

Sayoc also tweeted at Democratic Sen. Elizabeth Warren in
September and said, “A Promise we will see you real soon,”
according to CNN.

While the FBI has made an effort to inform Sayoc’s targets of the
threats, social media giants like Twitter and Facebook have been
criticized for being slow to take proactive measures in
regulating its platforms. Critics have alleged that the companies
have been giving fringe political groups and users a wide berth,
at the cost of promoting fake news, hate speech, or other harmful
content.

In one case, former congressional press secretary Rochelle
Ritchie reported one of Sayoc’s tweets that targeted her.
Twitter’s support staff replied and said that after “carefully”
reviewing her case, “found that there was no violation of the
Twitter Rules against abusive behavior,” according to a
screenshot uploaded by Ritchie.

Twitter later apologized for the incident and said it was
investigating.

“We made a mistake when Rochelle Ritchie first alerted us to the
threat made against her,” the company said in a statement. “The
Tweet clearly violated our rules and should have been removed. We
are deeply sorry for that error.”

“We want Twitter to be a place where people feel safe, and we
know we have lot of work to do,” the company added.

Despite public pressure to more broadly moderate content, CEOs,
like Twitter’s Jack Dorsey, have suggested they would stand firm
and continue to enforce their interpretation of “straightforward
principles
.”

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