Terrorist Threat on American Airlines Twitter Account
The tweet read: “Hello my name’s Ibrahim and I’m from Afghanistan. I’m part of Al Qaida and on June 1st I’m gonna do something really big bye.” Imagine if this message came across your Twitter feed. Would you interpret it as a threat? If so, would you take action?
After receiving this tweet from “Sarah,” a 14-year-old Dutch girl, American Airlines (@AmericanAir) replied back: “Sarah, we take these threats very seriously. Your IP address and details will be forwarded to security and the FBI.” What followed was a string of tweets that you might expect from a young teen girl:
- “I’m so sorry I’m scared now.”
- “I was joking and it was my friend not me, take her IP address not mine.”
- “My parents are gonna kill me if I tell them this omg pls.”
- “My account got hacked okay I didn’t tweet anything.”
- “I need a lawyer Any lawyers on here?”
Of course, the illogical responses caught the attention of many Tweeters, some who thought the young girl should be punished while others offered her sympathy. All the while, “Sarah” seemed to enjoy the attention as she bragged that she had gotten tens of thousands of followers and even offered to auction her now famous Twitter handle with a starting bid of $500.
“I feel famous omg,” Sarah tweeted.
Twitter suspended “Sarah’s” account; American Airlines took down its reply; Rotterdam Police arrested the girl; and now it’s our turn to chime in readers!
- Should Sarah be punished? If so, what should the appropriate punishment be considering that she is a 14-year-old child?
- Should schools be required to teach social media etiquette?
- Where were Sarah’s parents during all of this? I wonder what they are thinking right now.
- Should Rotterdam Police have arrested Sarah?
As always, I look forward to your reactions, comments, opinions and thoughts!
Posted by Ginger Hill on Apr 14, 2014