Stan Mahthbalz of Tampa is recovering from multiple severe injuries after being the victim of an assault that took place on a HART line bus, resulting from speaking in real life the way many users communicate on the social media platform “Threads”.
“He just kept saying the same thing over and over again. That’s so obnoxious and annoying when people do it on Threads, an app you read and that you can just close if you want to. Imagine being subject to it in person, at a loud volume, in a confined space,” said Anna Greeen, one of the suspects who has happily pled guilty to the assault.
The practice of posting a repetitive message on the social media platform seems to be either an attempt to influence algorithms by invoking whatever is being conveyed as a kind of mantra or emulate a non-playable character in a video game or both.
Mahthbalz was apparently in a heated argument about the feminism movement with someone on his phone and seemed to be employing the tactic as a means of wearing down and defeating his opponent.
“You’re welcome, whoever he was talking to”, said Greeen.
“It’s not so much what he said but the way he said it, repeating everything over and over”, said Meghan Rapwood, another suspect eager to take credit for her part in the incident. “Okay, it’s also what he said.”