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'Anonymous' Messaging Apps Not Anonymous: Threats Will Get You Arrested

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By Christopher Coble, Esq. on February 24, 2017 1:00 PM

No, you cannot make threats online, and threats in games are not fine.

You can't threaten presidents on Twitter, and Snapchat threats aren't any fitter.

Your Facebook threats are not low-key, even if they're done with emojis.

Feds do not care if on "anonymous" apps you made it -- a threat to kill will get you raided.

Whisper Sweet Somethings

Garrett Grimsley may have thought his communications were private, having made them on a supposedly anonymous messaging app, Whisper. Grimsley, a resident of Cary, North Carolina, wrote to another user:

"Salam, some of you are alright ... don't go to Cary tomorrow ... For too long the kuffar have spit in our faces and trampled our rights ... This cannot continue. I cannot speak of anything. Say your dua, sleep, and watch the news tomorrow."

Then again, Grimsley might've known the messages weren't completely protected: stories of Whisper monitoring users have been around for years, and he later joked on Facebook that he expected to get "raided." And that's