What would you do: online threats?

Unfortunately, this is the second week in a row the What Would You Do is based on a story that has been shared with me first hand. :frowning: It is NOT an exact recounting of the situation for the protection of the person who went through it. These things really do happen, it’s best to be as prepared as possible for the unexpected. This mental training can definitely help you.


You’ve survived in a self-defense incident without injury. You’ve been through the immediate aftermath and have an attorney to help you with the legal portion to come. You’re very glad to have your USCCA membership to assist you with the financial repercussions. (I added the USCCA Membership bit - or did I? :thinking: )

You’re at home scrolling your social media - not posting a thing about the incident because it’s an ongoing case - when you see it. Your profile picture on a local group’s page with nasty things written all over your face in the picture. Threatening things. There’s a false description of what happened in your self-defense incident and people are believing the falsehoods. People are calling for violence against you and your family.

What would you do?

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Good scenario, @Dawn! This would be extremely upsetting. I’ve never thought about how I would react, but I imagine this could consume a person with fear and worry. Especially if they posted your address. I’ll have to think about this more. Right now, I think I would reach out to the authorities to see what could be done (Probably nothing unfortunately). I might even relocate for a week to protect my family.

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I agree with @JTS about reaching out to authorities, especially if they have not charged you, or even better, are not going to charge you. The only thing i would say is that it is probably best to let your attorney make the initial contact with LE and any public statement should be made through your attorney.
And, most importantly, keep your head on a swivel!

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Good point on having your attorney making that phone call to the authorities. You could say things that would complicate matters.

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Good example @Dawn.
I’ve never been in such situation, hopefully will never be… I cannot imagine what I would do.
I’m trying to be prepared for everything… but what I see, in most situations I behave differently (there are so many other things around I cannot predict).

In this particular case - I agree with others - let the attorney take care of everything, stay out and even take a vacation time with your Family.

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Yup, what @MikeBKY said. Have my attorney reach out to the local PD. Ours has a cyber crime division. They mainly handle online child pornography, by, they do handle other online crime as well. I would also reach out to the Social Media platform and report the post. They don’t want the possible liability of their platform being used to incite violence against others. It’s bad PR.

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I would report it to Facebook and block them. By reporting it as spam. I will no longer see it. Also I will change my email account and password. Then call my Lawyer. They are just trying to get to you, So just LOL. PS: All the informant on my Facebook page is a lie.

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I would want to be able to see what is being said. Look at profiles of anyone making threats. I want as much tactical advantage as I can have. Make all your profile setting private, so they can’t see any extra pictures or info about you and your loved ones.

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I just said my Facebook page is a lie, do you think I would but anything online that is the truth. It’s all lies, so why change the it to private. Also it you change it to private you will lose your advantage because only your friends will see it. You just block your tactical advantage. Their is a lot of people that need to take a computer course.

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First initial thought for me is to ignore what is being posted. There would be no need for me to “cave” into their plan or threats. Keyboard warriors will post anything when they have not experienced something like this before. I am extremely observant person and I not going to take any action until they(threats) become immediate.

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What would you do: online threats ? This is going nowhere. By

I missed that the first time. Break was over and I was hurrying.

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First screen shot everything from my smartphone, if you don’t know how I highly recommend you look up how to do it and then practice.
Second: upgrade my social media security settings (pretty sure i’m already set to private and I don’t use my pic for my profile).
Third: visit the profiles of those calling for violence against me, if they’re nowhere near me I’m not going to worry about it, people talk big on the internet.
Fourth: Heighten my vigilance for awhile and if anything presents itself I will go to Authorities with the screen shots.

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I’m gonna let the attorney handle the phone calls as previously mentioned I would probably complicate the situation.

Most internet people are all talk. They’re cyber bullies because they can’t back it up. If weird stuff starting happening around my house I’m stepping up my home defense game.

As far as the trolls on the internet go. I could care less what anyone who has never met me before thinks of me. I have an good supportive inner circle anything outside of that is expendable in my opinion.

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Copy the link and send it to your lawyer. This is part of what he/she is paid for, let her/him do their job.

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Ok, this is what I have done.

Use lawyer to inform LEO about it. Main reason being I am more concerned about swatting than anything else, really. Initially I got a bit paranoid, however over time realized the same as above; all hot air. Very few would actually do anything, darn few. Swatting however is very very real.

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I forgot to mention: i would monitor that thread in case someone doxxed me.

If you don’t know what that means, it’s where they find and post your personal information online. Your full name, address and where you work typically.

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I would copy the links, but I would also take screen shots in case they decided to delete their posts.

For everyone’s benefit, here’s how to do a screenshot on an iPhone:

And on an Android phone:

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I assumed a screen shot was a given when I said copy the link but thanks for spelling it out.

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Save screenshots. Yes, but that’s a very time consuming process. Most social media platforms have a way where you can save conversations or threads, and if that one doesn’t, there may be an app to do that.
I’d be downloading the thread, pictures, the threatening images. And a home page detail view for anyone making threats.
Definitely would want to know if they were local or not.
Once I’d talked to my attorney and had all that info I’d downloaded preserved and presented to the Leo’s, I’d take their advice on when to report them to FB or the platform and when to block. The LEO may want to view what is happening on the platform, but when that’s done, block.

And then everything else y’all said.

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