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• Social media companies are facing the wrath of Florida lawmakers, who are poised to soon send legislation to Gov. Ron DeSantis that could punish online platforms for perceived slights against conservatives. Read More »
• A Tampa teenager, an Orlando resident and a British man have been identified by authorities as the hackers who earlier this month took over Twitter accounts of prominent politicians, celebrities and technology moguls to scam people around globe out of more than $100,000 in Bitcoin. Read More »
• Ken Storey resigned from his job teaching sociology at the University of Tampa, after his tweet about Hurricane Harvey sparked a social media maelstrom. Eugene Volokh, who teaches first amendment law at UCLA joins Intersection for a conversation about the implications for free speech on campus and beyond.
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• Florida Senator Marco Rubio has a penchant for waking up early and tweeting a daily Bible verse to the 3 million followers of his Twitter account. But an organization devoted to the separation of church and state has asked him to stop, claiming that he’s breaking the law. Last week, the Freedom From Religion Foundation sent the request in a letter to Rubio’s Washington D.C. office. They cited the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals ruling in June that tweets from President Donald Trump’s personal Twitter account are, in fact, official statements. “We have no issue with people reading and discussing the Bible,” says Andrew Seidel, the foundation’s director of strategic response. “But it is not for the government in our … Read More »