Palin’s critics post video, hate messages on her tweeter page

Friday, January 14, 2011

WASHINGTON - Former Alaska Governor Sarah Palin’s critics have posted a four-minute video and ‘hate messages’ on her tweeter page, suggesting that she should be “shot” or “assassinated” because of her crosshairs posts ahead of last year’s mid-term polls that they think led to the Arizona shootings.

The video montage of the “tweets,” which was apparently sent after Saturday’s massacre in Arizona that left six people dead and 14 wounded, including Democratic Representative Gabrielle Giffords, was reportedly posted to YouTube on Tuesday.

One of the postings read: “My hatred for Sarah Palin continues to grow… I think this woman should be assassinated. Sorry about chya,” while another user said: “Sarah Palin should be shot for her encouragement of fanaticism against Democrats.”

Meanwhile, Hemanshu Nigam, founder of SSP Blue, an online safety and security consulting company, said most social network companies like Twitter ban hate speech or threats and have “solid mechanisms” in place to report such messages to law enforcement authorities.

“The messages that I saw ranged in the level of hatred as well as a level of threats.There are some that are alarmingly harsh and I think it would be a good idea if Twitter could review them and take action where appropriate. Every case is different, but Twitter does have the right to take action,” Nigam added.

Earlier this week, an aide of Palin had turned down claims by the opposition that Palin’s depiction of controversial crosshairs symbols on her Facebook page ahead of the mid-term polls last year, led to the Tucson massacre in the United States that ultimately wounded Representative Gabrielle Giffords.

Giffords, who is in critical condition after being shot in Tucson, had become a target of Palin in the mid-term elections, and had reportedly posted on her Facebook page a U.S. map with crosshairs of a rifle scope over the districts repped by Giffords and 19 other Democrats. (ANI)

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