Thursday, June 16, 2016

Twitter users respond to online threat against Dearborn Muslims with love (and sass)

Posted By on Thu, Jun 16, 2016 at 10:42 AM

Reports of a threat directed at a Dearborn mosque on Twitter began to emerge late Monday night, prompting authorities to launch an investigation.   
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Osama Siblani, publisher of the Arab American News, was alerted to the threat — which listed the address for the Islamic Center of America — on Sunday after the Orlando massacre, and he immediately contacted the Dearborn police chief, the FBI, the US.. Attorney, and Wayne County prosecutor, according to Fox 2

"At the same time that we're mourning like the rest of Americans, we're very concerned about our own safety and our people's safety," Siblani said.

Law enforcement is taking the threat seriously, and while the Twitter account (which was @WWCrusade because of course it was) has been deleted, authorities are continuing to try and track down the person who posted the threatening message. 

Concerned Twitter users also began calling attention to the tweet by mentioning the FBI's Twitter account, and a number of users responded with messages of love, unity, and a touch of sass. Well played, Twitter, well played. 

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