Gay blogger Joe Jervis of Joe. My. God. says he received hate mail and even death threats after tweeting factual information about the Family Research Council’s history of hate activism.
Shortly after the shooting at FRC last week — and probably around the same time FRC president Tony Perkins was blaming the Southern Poverty Law Center for the incident — Jervis’ posts called into memory the organization’s stance that homosexuality is a mental illness and Perkins’s association with white supremacist groups, among other examples. One of those who accused him of “inciting hate” was CNN contributor Dana Loesch and he also received the message pictured above from another Twitter user.
Jervis contacted Twitter Support “out of curiosity” and says he wasn’t surprised by the following response:
We have investigated the reported account and have found that it’s not in violation of the Twitter Rules at this time. We have a policy against violent threats, but the content of this account lacks the specificity to meet the criteria of an actionable threat. Receiving these types of messages can be frustrating; however, removing content does not resolve the issue, but instead can make the situation worse.
For the record, he also posted a joint statement by dozens of LGBT groups condemning the shooting and added his name to the list. Hardly evidence of inciting hate.