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New bill would allow law enforcement to take action upon social media threats

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A new bill currently in the Florida House and Senate look to expand penalties for written threats to include social media posts.

“What the statute does is it makes it possible for us to charge for a threat or somebody posting a threat on Snapchat or some kind of social media app,” said Martin County Sheriff William Snyder, who supports the bill.

Currently, the law only applies to direct messages, but if passed, that would change. It could bring controversy because some people worry that it may be too broad.

In both the House and Senate versions of the bill, the offender would be charged with a second-degree felony.