Twitter does whatever they can to protect their users from harassment, which sometimes includes death threats. You want Twitter to look out for you. But to what degree? Where does Twitter draw the line? Well, it looks like any death threat matters, even ones made to mosquitos.
Twitter takes insect threats seriously.
One Twitter user in Japan found his account permanently banned after he made death threats to a mosquito. The translated tweet reads, “Bastard! Where do you get off biting my all over while I’m just trying to relax and watch TV? Die! (Actually you’re already dead).” He also posted a photo of the dead insect.
But Twitter’s automated systems can’t differentiate between real threats and not so credible ones. The man was sent a notice which reads, “Your account has been frozen because it was used to send messages containing threats. Tweets containing threats are not allowed under our terms of service.”
We don’t know if Twitter has unbanned the account and for all we know this may be a bogus story, but it illustrates that some systems aren’t very good at is understanding context. I’ve seen tons of people threaten the President on Twitter and I’m pretty sure most of those still have an account.
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