Tweeting Negative Comments About Donald Trump Can Land You In Jail

Apparently, anybody who tweets negative comments about the billionaire should soon expect a visit from the U.S. Secret Service or even end up in jail.

Anybody who intentionally threatens to harm a presidential candidate should expect a boatload of legal headaches, which spells trouble for people who can't keep their mouths from running online.

Threats of harm against candidates often lead to visits from law enforcement, rigorous questioning and even heavy fines or prison sentences of up to five years. The law was put into action in 2009 and ever since then, the U.S. Secret Service has kept a close eye on Internet activity to watch out for any online threats to presidential contenders.

A few people recently experienced it firsthand when the police showed up at their residence, raiding their rooms and questioning them about owning fire arms.



One young man, Eli Martinez, was woken up by his father on Thursday morning, informing him that the U.S. Secret Service had come to see him.  

“I thought he was kidding or I was dreaming,” Martinez told Mashable. As it turns out, it was all because of his tweet from a few days earlier, which was a “threat” to Trump.

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The Secret Service officers questioned Martinez, asking him about his personal life, employment and medical history. They also went to the extent of asking him if he was living in the U.S legally and had ever purchased weapons.

In another instance, a 29-year-old woman from Iowa told Mashable that she tweeted something like “just let me shoot, you a**,” while she waited outside a gun range where Trump’s son was shooting rifles.

Soon enough, security agents showed up at her workplace threatening her to put her in jail for 10 years on the basis of a single tweet.

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They also asked her co-workers about her, and then went on to visit her elderly grandparents as a form of a background check.

“I couldn’t see how anything I said could be interpreted as a threat unless you have very poor reading comprehension,” she said.

These instances are a definite proof that everybody’s Internet activity is closely monitored. People often thoughtlessly post on social media, convinced their messages are going into the void and never thinking of consequences. Those people need to wake up: one threatening tweet or status could land anyone in jail. 

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