What gets you arrested over social media?
Tweets and posts considered threatening are getting people arrested, but not everyone
While there are numerous documented cases of people who have lost their jobs over their social media posts, since the recent violence and social unrest that’s occurred, people are starting to get arrested for speaking out on the Dallas sniper.
According to Fox 61 in Hartford, Connecticut, a 34-year-old man named Kurt Vanzuuk indicated that Micah Xavier Johnson, the sniper who killed five police officers and injured seven more last week in Dallas, was a hero. Vanzuuk was later arrested and taken into custody. He wasn’t the only one to be arrested for speaking out in a provocative manner. According to an Associated Press article, there were several people arrested who have been posting threats. However, there is one curious case that keeps popping up.
A Slate article reported that former congressman Joe Walsh tweeted this:
3 Dallas Cops killed, 7 wounded.
This is now war. Watch out Obama. Watch out black lives matter punks. Real America is coming after you/
That tweet has since been deleted, but screenshots last forever. Walsh’s statement has many people asking why he isn’t being treated the same as the others who were arrested or questioned about a possible threat to President Barack Obama.
Have they arrested Joe Walsh for treason yet?
— Lux "Deadly Uterus" Alptraum (@LuxAlptraum) July 8, 2016
Just waiting for Joe Walsh to be arrested pic.twitter.com/zAnUuxPtL6
— Baker (@BuzyBakerr) July 8, 2016
Has Joe Walsh been arrested, yet?
— Till (@iamths1973) July 8, 2016
Instead of being arrested, Walsh actually appeared on CNN, which of course hasn’t gone over well with the public.
Could anyone who works at @CNN please tell me why you gave Joe Walsh airtime after he publicly threatened the President?
— Jon Favreau (@jonfavs) July 9, 2016
America: where Black people are killed & their families go on TV & white men threaten the president & THEY GO ON TV. pic.twitter.com/8v9DfXETwP
— Warriors Kamau Bell (@wkamaubell) July 9, 2016
So questions remain:
Is it because Walsh is a former congressman?
Is it a popularity factor?
Is it because he tweeted about Obama and not law enforcement?
Whatever the answer is, it’s clear that not all social media threats are weighed equally.