Shocking image of gun pointed at Meghan McCain during John McCain's services pulled down from social media
The move came after Meghan's husband, Ben Domenech, tagged Twitter CEO in a post asking him why the threatening post had not been taken down
After facing intense backlash over a post showing a doctored picture of a gun pointed at John McCain's daughter, Meghan McCain, while she was crying over her father's casket in Arizona, Twitter suspended the account Friday.
According to reports, the account, @austindelafrog, was removed from the site by 11:30 am.
On Thursday night, Meghan's husband, Ben Domenech, slammed Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey for not taking down the threatening post. He wrote on the social media site: "Tell me why this is cool by you," and even tagged Twitter CEO's handle @jack.
The image appears to be a manipulated photo that had been taken on August 29 at the private memorial service that had been held at the Arizona Capitol. During the service, which was highly emotional, Meghan stood next to the casket of her late father and wept uncontrollably.
The doctored image shows a pair of hands holding a semiautomatic handgun, pointed at Meghan. The tweet came with the caption: "America, this ones for you."
In the tweet that Domenech — who is the publisher of the conservative online magazine The Federalist -- posted, he said that the threatening post had been up for half a day and that it had been "reported" more than 100 times.
In the tweet that followed, Domenech continued his disapproval of Dorsey by writing: "You should prepare an answer for the people pissed off at you. A hint: the entire committee." The social media site had strict rules that include banning "specific threats of violence or wish for the serious physical harm" and "targeted harassment".
Dorsey has not had a good time in recent years with users taking aim at the site's policies. Twitter had been criticized very often for rampant sexual harassment, rape threats, and threats of violence.
The "Gamergate" scandal from four years ago had seen harassment that was directed at female gamers online. The CEO had promised to address the abuse and to deal with hate groups, unwanted sexual advances, and tweets that generally propagate violence.
It is not clear who the user is who is behind the @austindelafrog account that originally posted the doctored image of shooting Meghan. About half an hour after Domenech posted the tweet, the account mysteriously went private.
The late Senator John McCain died on August 25 and the family has since seen an enormous amount of support coming from users online as well as people across the country. The motorcade that carried his casket passed through streets in Phoenix that were filled with people from the city who had turned up to pay their respects.