The San Francisco Police Department responded to violent threats made to Twitch. According to SFPD, the threat was originally made public on social media on August 7, and then a similar threat was made the following morning, legitimizing the threat.
“So it was just a follow-up,” says SFPD public information Officer Adam Lobsinger. SFPD went to the headquarters this morning at 8:33 AM PT and conducted a preliminary investigation. “As of this moment we do not have an active threat,” Lobsinger says. “And it is being investigated,” he continues, noting that the department’s special investigations division has been notified.
Twitch did not initially specify what kind of threat, but multiple employees on their social media suggested that someone threatened a shooting at the streaming company headquarters. Twitch employees based in San Francisco were offered the option to work from home during the investigation.
“We were made aware of a threat against our San Francisco HQ on Tuesday, and have been working directly with law enforcement as they investigate,” Twitch said in a statement provided to Business Insider, The Verge, and Kotaku. “The safety and security of our employees is our top priority, and we are focused on ensuring this is resolved quickly and safely.”
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