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

News is available at our fingertips. What constitutes news, and when should it be designated as “fake?”

The Capital Chapter of the Florida Public Relations Association is hosting a luncheon on Thursday, June 21, to discuss how news consumers can discern what’s truthful and what’s less-than-factual.

Sachs Media Group Founder and CEO Ron Sachs will present tips on how to help stop the spread of misinformation – like keeping our own biases and emotions in check.

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As lawmakers return to Washington to debate healthcare, they’ll have new ways of communicating with voters back home, through Facebook. But it’s not yet clear how the social media giant’s new tools could affect the political conversation.

The Anti-Defamation League said it’s concerned by the targeting of journalists on social media in the past year.


Recently, a video from Tallahassee posted to a social media app used by college students, sparked a sexual assault investigation. But in the digital age tracking unseemly, and possibly illegal behavior through such apps is getting harder: and it forces law enforcement to walk a fine line between the right to privacy and policing.

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The Tallahassee Police Department is taking an unconventional approach to its social media presence. As first reported by the Tallahassee Democrat, the department’s Facebook page features crime reports written from the perspective of a fictional police dog.

His name is Copper and his mission is to post comedic police reports on the TPD’s Facebook page. He comments on crimes, injuries and, on occasion, community events and holidays. Below is an excerpt from Copper's June 2 post:

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A Florida State University student who claimed her social media account was hacked has withdrawn a request for an investigation by the FSU Police Department.

Messages posted through twitter and vine accounts used by the student used racial slurs to identify black students at FSU and Florida A&M University.

The posts caused an uproar on social media and the student initially claimed her account was hacked.

University officials say there won't be any further investigations into the incident, nor are there plans to move forward with any action against the student.

RPOF Launches Anti-Crist Social Media Campaign

May 29, 2013

The first shots have been fired in Florida’s 2014 battle for Governor. The Republican Party of Florida is rolling out a social media campaign against the presumptive opponent, former governor and Republican turned Democrat, Charlie Crist.

411 Teen: Sodahead

Mar 27, 2013

Join host Dr. Liz Holifield for "411 Teen", a locally produced program created with teen input for a teenage audience. Guests provide insights into topics that concern adolescents.  This week Dr. Liz talks with Jason Feffer, founder of, a social media content site.  Dr. Liz also discusses safe and successful social media profiles with Nikki Burke, a social media expert.

411 Teen: Social Media

Jan 16, 2013

Join host Dr. Liz Holifield for "411 Teen", a locally produced program created with teen input for a teenage audience.  Guests from Rickards IB discuss social media's impact and appeal.

411 Teen: Communication

Dec 13, 2012

Rickards' IB students explore various avenues of communication such as Facebook, Twitter, texting ect.

Use of Social Media Roils 2010 Elections

Mar 31, 2010

Tallahassee, FL – This week Senator George LeMieux tweeted the news of his daughter's birth and Congressman Kendrick Meek's campaign credited Facebook with helping him collect 145,000 voter petitions to qualify for the U.S. Senate race. As Margie Menzel reports, the use of social media is a whole new political art.