'The squad' responds to Twitter warning for posts threatening bodily harm

Progressive Democratic Reps. Alexandria Ocasio-CortezAlexandria Ocasio-CortezSanders: Netanyahu has cultivated 'racist nationalism' Meghan McCain: Greene 'behaving like an animal' Deleted video shows Greene taunting Ocasio-Cortez's office in 2019 MORE (N.Y.), Ilhan OmarIlhan OmarDeleted video shows Greene taunting Ocasio-Cortez's office in 2019 Tensions mount among Democrats over US-Israel policy Project Veritas surveilled government officials to expose anti-Trump sentiments: report MORE (Minn.), Rashida TlaibRashida Harbi TlaibDeleted video shows Greene taunting Ocasio-Cortez's office in 2019 Ocasio-Cortez hits Yang over scrapped Eid event: 'Utterly shameful' The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Facebook - Biden, Congress drawn into pipeline cyberattack, violence in Israel MORE (Mich.) and Ayanna PressleyAyanna PressleyDems offer bill to help single-parent families get expanded child tax credit Warren says she'll run for reelection to Senate Bush testifies before Congress about racist treatment Black birthing people face during childbirth, pregnancy MORE (Mass.) — commonly known as "the squad" — responded to a policy from Twitter Friday reminding users that wishes or hopes of death and bodily harm will be removed.

The warning from the social media platform came after users began posting about President TrumpDonald TrumpVirginia GOP gubernatorial nominee acknowledges Biden was 'legitimately' elected Biden meets with DACA recipients on immigration reform Overnight Health Care: States begin lifting mask mandates after new CDC guidance | Walmart, Trader Joe's will no longer require customers to wear masks | CDC finds Pfizer, Moderna vaccines 94 percent effective in health workers MORE's death following his positive coronavirus test early Friday morning. 

"Tweets that wish or hope for death, serious bodily harm or fatal disease against *anyone* are not allowed and will need to be removed," Twitter said in a post on its site. 


The congresswomen expressed frustration that the platform had not acted sooner to address such posts, saying that they have experienced threats of death and bodily harm in the past. 

Omar has been vocal about her need for security in previous comments, taking to Twitter in August 2019 to share an anonymous death threat she received.

Tlaib tweeted in response to the update, "Seriously though, this is messed up. The death threats towards us should have been taking more seriously by [Twitter]."


Omar tweeted an "excuse me?" GIF in response to the update, and Pressley retweeted the communications update from Twitter saying, "please DM me." 

 "So... you mean to tell us you could‘ve done this the whole time?" Ocasio-Cortez wrote. 

The policy highlighted by Twitter Friday is not new. Twitter said posts that wish for Trump’s death fall under its abusive behavior policy, which says users “may not engage in the targeted harassment of someone, or incite other people to do so."

A Twitter spokesperson told CNN, "it is our top priority to improve the health of the public conversation, and that includes ensuring the safety of people who use our service. Abuse and harassment have no place on Twitter."

Twitter Communications said violations of the rule only result in a removed post, though repeated offenses could result in a permanent suspension.