Social Media

A Florida Panhandle man may be one of the first charged under a new law for posting threatening messages on social media.

A measure that would expand Florida’s rules on issuing threats is moving forward. Officials are pointing to the many copycat threats made following the school shooting in Parkland as a reason for why the change is needed. 

At a press conference Thursday, Broward Sheriff Scott Israel said he wants to see legislation that would allow law enforcement to involuntarily detain an individual due to alarming social media post content — without evidence of a credible threat.

That request comes a day after a gunman opened fire at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland killing 17 people. Nikolas Cruz, a 19-year-old former student, has been charged with 17 counts of murder.

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In the era of so-called "fake news," deliberate disinformation campaigns, and hoaxes spreading faster than actual news, speakers at Florida SouthWestern State College are hosting a Critical Thinking Lecture Series throughout October about applying reason and logic to thinking about our world.

Pasco County residents can now take photos of Hurricane Irma damage on their property and upload them to the free “MyPasco” app.

Those photos will be plotted on a map to help with damage assessment.

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