The four progressive Democratic congresswomen known as “The Squad” expressed surprise on Friday night when Twitter posted about its policy against wishing harm or death to someone.
Responding to media reports Friday about people wishing death to President Trump in light of his Covid-19 diagnosis, a verified account run by Twitter’s spokespeople tweeted, “tweets that wish or hope for death, serious bodily harm or fatal disease against *anyone* are not allowed and will need to be removed.”
“Seriously though, this is messed up. The death threats towards us should have been taking more seriously by [Twitter],” Rep. Rashida Tlaib of Michigan tweeted in response.
Reps. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Ilhan Omar and Ayanna Pressley also tweeted suggesting Twitter had not taken threats made against them seriously.
Some context: The policy highlighted by Twitter’s press shop on Friday is not a new one.
Tweets that violate Twitter’s rules are often missed or not removed by the company, as CNN has reported in the past.
Twitter said Friday that publicly wishing someone “death, serious bodily harm or fatal disease” does not result in an automatic permanent suspension from its platform. Users who repeatedly send tweets like this may eventually be permanently suspended, however.
CNN has reached out to Twitter for comment about the congresswomen’s tweets.