Sayoc was arrested on Friday in Florida on accusations that he sent at least 13 suspected explosives through the mail to prominent Democratic politicians and donors, as well as news network CNN. A Twitter account with the handle @hardrock2016, using the name Cesar Altieri tweeted at Ritchie to “hug your loved ones real close every time you leave home.” Twitter later followed up telling her that its last response (you know, the one about nothing being wrong with the threats) was sent in error.
Hey @Twitter remember when I reported the guy who was making threats towards me after my appearance on @FoxNews and you guys sent back a bs response about how you didn’t find it that serious. Well guess what it’s the guy who has been sending #bombs to high profile politicians!!!! pic.twitter.com/xBY8FMbqnq— R O C H E L L E (@RochelleRitchie) October 26, 2018
Ritchie wasn’t the only one being targeted by Sayoc, who, according to Time also targeted former U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder’s Twitter handle, writing “Hey slime scum U like make threats run your hole.Do not worry your cover up Fast Furious with your bitch Obama not forgotten about our very close friend of we Unconquered Seminole Tribe.See u soon Tick Tock 4.” Twitter is apparently conducting another investigation into what happened when it ignored Ritchie’s first warning, and how it will move forward with handling concerns made by users. Twitter, it says, “wants to be a place where people feel safe, and we know we have a lot of work to do.” You sure do, but a good rule of thumb to start with is to listen to Black women.
Just received from @Twitter oh so it was an error. Just stop! 🙄 pic.twitter.com/LoGT933W2p— R O C H E L L E (@RochelleRitchie) October 26, 2018