Twitter is an enormous platform with an even larger membership. They reported 336 million active users worldwide on a monthly basis during the first quarter of 2018 and approximately 6,000 tweets go out every second of every day for a grand total of 350,000 tweets per minute. With that much activity there are bound to be people behaving badly, so Twitter came up with rules of use.
The following is an excerpt from The Twitter Rules which can be viewed here.
You may not make specific threats of violence or wish for the serious physical harm, death, or disease of an individual or group of people. (The Twitter Rules: Violence and Physical Harm, Violence)
But the rules apparently don’t apply to men like Milan Legius.
On August 26, 2018 at 6:32 PM a user whose Twitter handle is @MilanLegius took to Twitter to let NRA commentator Dana Loesch know what he thinks of her. Rather than addressing disagreements in politics or gun ownership, though, Legius took the fight to Loesch’s children:
The only way these people learn is if it affects them directly. So if Dana Loesch has to have her children murdered before she’ll understand, I guess that’s what needs to happen.
Dana’s husband, Chris Loesch, reported the threat to Twitter and received the following response:
Thank you for your recent report. We have reviewed your report carefully and found that there was no violation of the Twitter Rules against abusive behavior.
There are a number of factors we take into consideration when deciding whether to take action on content.
There was a link to The Twitter Rules in Twitter’s reply to Chris and the last words you can see in the screenshot are “context matters.” If you take a look at The Twitter Rules you find this under “context matters…”:
The behavior is newsworthy and in the legitimate public interest.
The threat by Legius was reported not only by Chris but by dozens, if not hundreds of Twitter users. Even users who disagree with Dana on 2A topics rallied, stating the behavior was inappropriate no matter what. But apparently Twitter isn’t bothered by Legius’ blatant threats against innocent minors.
This incident is far from unique. Other recent threatening and hateful tweets directed to Loesch include the following:
You should go hunting with Dick Cheney. (from Jennifer @inkcurable)
Listen, you f**king waste product. I pray you never give birth. You’re a stain on humanity. My guess is you’ll take your dying breath in prison. I can’t wait. That’s all. (from Melissa Falk @FeedingOffRails)
Social media is no longer a social platform. It is no longer a place to share vacation pictures and reunite old college friends. It’s a place to harass, insult, and threaten anyone who disagrees with you. If you are a member of the firearms industry, threats become part and parcel of the job. In Dana’s case those threats are frequently graphic and aimed at her family. I ask you this: what kind of monster threatens children?
Obviously I can’t speak for Dana, but I will say this. If you’d like to threaten me, knock yourself out. I’ll handle it. But my family is off limits. My child is beyond off limits.
We have devolved into a society where this behavior isn’t just permitted it’s encouraged. Don’t you dare be a conservative, let alone a gun owner! How dare you even consider exercising your Second Amendment rights.
Dana Loesch is a bona fide badass. Whatever your feelings of her career choices and trajectory – which she worked her ass off for, by the way – you, as a gun owner, should stand with her on matters such as these. No question. Make your voices heard in support of Dana and against people like Milan Legius. You can find Dana on Twitter @DLoesch.
UPDATE: Twitter has announced they have re-reviewed the complaints about Milan Legius’ post threatening Dana’s children. They have now reversed their decision, sending Chris the following message:
We have re-reviewed the account you reported and have locked it because we found it to be in violation of the Twitter Rules.
If the account owner complies with our requested actions and stated policies, the account will be unlocked.
No mention what those “requested actions” might be.