Artist-53 recently sent me an email about an exchange she had with a Huffpo User called The Green Hornet:
I thought I would share the ultimate HP/AOL reality/insult with you. I was physically threatened on HP on Sept.21pm. I immediately reported it to HP's legal dept. as soon as I saw the comment on the eve of 9/21/11, as I was watching the Troy Davis story unfold online. No reply from HP. I figured they were all busy doing the same thing, re: Troy Davis.
The next morning 9/22/11, I reported it to HP via the Contact Us link. No reply. I reported it again, and received a form letter stating that I should not use threatening words etc., because HP guidelines do not permit it.
I emailed them back, stating I was the one that was threatened. Still no reply.
Mean while I flagged it for abuse, but the threatening comment remained up and I posted a comment to someone that stated they also clicked the Flag as Abuse link, but HP would not post my response.
Yesterday Thurs Sept 22, I called AOL Corporate, finally as a last resort. The conversation went like this:
I clearly stated the issue, read the offensive comments, she agreed it was offensive and transferred my call. After being placed on hold a few minutes, I went through the entire story again:
"Do you have an account?"
"No, though I have an AOL email account."
"Well Mam there isn't anything I can do."
"Seriously? Because this is in complete opposition to HP posting policy.
Can you transfer me to someone so I can make a formal complaint?"
"I can't do that Mam, we don't have a complaint dept."
"Well can you transfer me to HR, Human Resources?"
"I can't do that Mam"
"Are you aware that there are federal laws in place that take threats over the internet very seriously?And I certainly take threats as being very serious as well."
"There's nothing I can do."
"Then that means that AOL and HP are complacent regarding threats and do not follow their own guidelines. And the threat is still up on the thread."
Click..... she hung up me.
I then called the cyber unit at Fl.'s States Attorneys Office and explained the situation. The individual thought it sounded creepy, and gave me a number to Fl. Law and Enforcement, Cyber Unit.
The individual felt it was also a very strange odd comment on HP, as well as the fact I had no response from HP and that AOL hung up me.
She said that if I wanted to proceed with a civil suit I could, I stated no
She took down all information,so that it would be documented in case I received any more threats. At least it would be documented. But unless it grew to more than this one time, they didn't have any recourse at the moment, but as long as this one was documented.
Below are the posts, and I do have copies of all HP form letters. The article was Bank of America Violated Whistleblower Provisions I commented on 9/15/2011 and my comment was benign, a word play on his name.
In response to his off the wall comment concerning BoA.
GreenHornet also changed his avatar by the next day. From a fake black male (I enlarged using Photoshop) to I have no clue what it is.
It took him a week to respond to my peyote comment. That's when I was threatened.
From RedDogBear: Here is a screen snapshot of the exchange as of today 10/1/11 it is still up.