On November 27, 2019, a Florida man, Chase Davis, 21, was sentenced to six months in jail, a $1,440 restitution fine and 400 hours of community service after pleading guilty to making death threats on Facebook against a Christian conservative organization, America Family Association (AFA).
When he posted on Facebook, Davis wasn’t hiding his intentions, writing:
“i am coming to tupelo unexpected with a group of people and we are going to kill every single person who runs your group.”
“you are the most disgusting people in america. i have put together a group to have you pieces of [deleted expletive] obliterated into dust. yes, i literally mean killing all of you. you people are nothing but disgusting, warn out, and old excuses of human life.”
However, when AFA reported the comments to Facebook, its censors allegedly had a slightly different read on the explicit death threats.
Fox News explains:
The American Family Association (AFA), based in Tupelo, Miss., said it alerted Facebook of the threats from Chase Davis, 21, of Pompano Beach, but “was told that the threat was not a policy violation.”
Apparently, the death threats against this group that supports traditional family values was good enough for jail time, but not enough to get removed from Facebook.