FBI's Think Before You Post campaign aimed at stopping hoax threats

Credit: FBI

The FBI's Think Before You Post campaign is meant to educate the public on the consequences of posting hoax threats to schools and other public places.

In the aftermath of recent mass school shootings, such as the ones at Santa Fe High School in Texas and Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Florida, the agency reminds people that these threats are no joke. People who make such threats over social media, via text message or through email can face federal charges.

Those who post or send these threats can receive up to five years in federal prison, or they can face state or local charges, the FBI warned.

“Hoax threats disrupt school, waste limited law enforcement resources, and put first responders in unnecessary danger," David Bowdich, deputy director, said in an FBI news release. "We also don’t want to see a young person start out adulthood with a felony record over an impulsive social media post.”

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