The Trolls Come Out to Greet @POTUS on Twitter

While trolls think they’re cleverly covered by Internet anonymity, their threats to @POTUS on Twitter remain in the archives for all eternity and can be used in a court of law.

President Barack Obama is officially on Twitter. Before you ask if he already had an account, there is indeed an unverified Barack Obama account. However, the @POTUS account is verified, and the president announced his entry to the Twitter-verse Monday.

Of course, the big story was the lighthearted banter between Obama and former President Bill Clinton.

However, there was also the deluge of trolls tweeting sex jokes and threats at the president. But no matter how anonymous people might think Twitter is, according to The Washington Post, the Secret Service was already monitoring presidential tweets, and White House staff archives every tweet sent to @POTUS.

The Daily Dot points out that threatening the president is punishable by a $250,000 fine and a five-year prison term. In fact, there are several examples of people being punished for threatening the president on social media.

Daily Dot contributor Kevin Collier writes:

In 2013, North Carolina man Donte Jamar Sims was sentenced to six months in prison for tweets like, “Ima Assassinate president Obama this evening!” When Alabaman Jarvis Britton tweeted, “I think we could get the president with cyanide! #MakeItSlow” in 2012, he got off with just a visit from the Secret Service. But he posted similar tweets a few months later, and he ended up with a year-long prison sentence.

Granted, Twitter is terrible at policing its troll population, and there was even a scientific report confirming this reality. But Secret Service and White House archives can be used in court. So while trolls think they’re cleverly covered by internet anonymity, their threats to @POTUS on Twitter remain in the archives for all eternity and can be used in a court of law.