A recent incident underscores why it may be not be such a great idea for young teenagers to use social media sites, like Twitter. A 14-year-old Dutch girl was arrested after she tweeted a terror threat to American Airlines as part of the joke. The airline however, was not in any mood to take it as a joke, and promptly reported the girl to the FBI.
The 14-year-old girl, who has the Twitter Handle @QueenDemetriax tweeted a message at American Airlines. To summarize the message, she informed American Airlines that her name was Ibrahim, she was from Afghanistan, was part of Al Qaeda, and on June 1, was going to “do something really big.”
The teen probably never expected the repercussions of her action. American Airlines immediately responded, informing her that the threat was taken very seriously by the airline, and that her information had been forwarded to security as well as the FBI. Soon after tweeting, the girl attempted damage control by tweeting back at the airline, apologizing for her tweet, and claiming that it was all a big joke.
An investigation was launched, and the Twitter handle was later traced to the 14-year-old in the Netherlands. The teenager turned herself in at the police station in Rotterdam, after an investigation into her location. The investigation was reportedly triggered by Dutch authorities and had nothing to do with a request by Twitter, American Airlines or the FBI.
She was questioned, and that authorities have said that if they find that there's nothing to worry about, she may be sent back home. Twitter has already suspended her account. The FBI has not confirmed that it will investigate this incident.