A California man has been arrested and charged by the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Massachusetts for threatening the Merriam-Webster Inc. dictionary manufacturer due to “the company’s inclusive language around gender.”
Jeremy David Hanson, 34, of Rossmoor, California, was arrested and charged with one count of interstate communication of threats to commit violence, according to a press release. He has been released ahead of a court date on Friday.
Hanson is accused of leaving threatening comments on Merriam-Webster’s website, as well as sending threatening messages via the company’s “contact us” feature.
The comments left by Hanson were made in October, authorities said.
On Oct. 2, he used the username “@anonYmous” to comment on Merriam-Webster’s dictionary entry for the term “female,” authorities said.
Hanson could face five years in prison and a $250,000 fine.