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Twitter apologizes for poor handling of mail-bombing suspect's previous threats

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Once officials named Cesar Sayoc as the man they arrested in connection with this week's mailing of suspected bombs to prominent critics of President Donald Trump, reports of the man's previous online threats began to surface.

Friday evening, Twitter apologized, saying it is 'deeply sorry' for how it handled his past threat against political commentator Rochelle Ritchie.

After Sayoc's name was released, Ritchie tweeted a screenshot of the threat along with Twitter's original response to her reporting of it.

Ritchie was hardly Sayoc's only target. Other threats were tweeted at former vice president Joe Biden and former attorney general Eric Holder.

'We are investigating what happened and will continue to improve how we handle concerns raised by anyone on Twitter," the platform's mea culpa continued.

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"We want Twitter to be a place where people feel safe, and we know we have a lot of work to do."

At one point, Twitter tried to chalk up the lack of an initial suspension for Sayoc as an error, according to a screenshot Ritchie shared.

Twitter has long been under fire for a seemingly weak approach to weeding out harassment and threats on its site.

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