It's hard to believe now, but there was once a time when anonymously threatening to kill someone was hard work. Scaring victims required glue, scissors, countless magazines, stamps, envelopes, and more patience than most would-be murderers could muster. Just getting your death-threat supplies was exhausting if you weren't already a kindergarten teacher.
Today, claiming you're going to end the life of a fellow human being without actually putting your name on the threat is as simple as typing "ur ded" and hitting "enter." And thanks to such things as Gamergate, we're realizing that most of the people hitting "enter" will never face consequences for their threats. Here's why.
4Social Media Can't Get Rid of Them
Let's go through a typical online death-threat scenario: Person A exists and does regular human things, as humans often do. Person B gets offended by one of those activities and sends Person A a horrific message through Twitter or Facebook. Sometimes the messages look like this: