ISIS in Florida

Social Media

Were you aware of a South Florida teenager who became a suicide bomber?

Did you know a man from the Keys who shot a terrorist video?

How about the Gainesville man who shot at police in the name of ISIS?

Had you heard of the Florida woman who filed a lawsuit against Twitter based upon allegations that the death of her husband in the Middle East was allegedly due to Twitter’s policies and ISIS’ recruiting on social media?

Terrorism has landed in Florida.  And it is instructive to see how terrorist groups like ISIS have been clever in their use of social media to frighten, recruit, and spread propaganda.

This article, “ISIS in Florida,” is published in the June 2016 Palm Beach Bar Bulletin and discusses the factual and legal issues of how ISIS uses social media (with special emphasis on the imact here in Florida) and how the government is responding.

Image credit: Herald Sun

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