Some experts believe online death threats on the rise due to increased social media usage
Some tech experts aren't shocked at Saturday's FBI alert on the online threat of a possible shooting. One even thinks we're in a golden age of death threats.
A tech expert KITV4 spoke with tells us there's a rise in online threats because making one is as simple as a few clicks on a computer mouse. The threat was posted on Governor David Ige's Facebook page as authorities addressed harassment they received after the state took down an unpermitted structure on Mauna Kea earlier this month.
This wasn't the only post calling for violence in the islands. Another happened last month, when a Maui teen posted a tweet saying he was going to shoot up a school. He later told police it was a joke. But to the FBI this is no laughing matter and want people to report any suspicious posts, even if they don't sound serious, as a way to keep people safe.
"It's one thing to vent and call someone names but it's a completely other thing to make them feel unsafe. It might make you feel powerful but it has real psychological impacts on that person so take it seriously," Ryan Ozawa, Hawaii Information Service, said.
Experts also suggest users to document the post just in case it's real.
Ozawa says even though many may believe they're anonymous online. Those threats can be tracked through the digital fingerprint the poster leaves behind. Even it it's deleted, it may not be gone. Like many other things posted on the internet, it's never truly deleted.
Meanwhile, the FBI is still working with Honolulu police on the investigation of the Capitol threat.