Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi said she plans to issue a ruling Thursday on whether people can be charged with terrorism based on the images they share on social media.
In a memo to state legislators, Bondi announced her office will issue a preliminary ruling Thursday about whether people in Florida are guilty of terrorism based only on their social media posts.
Bondi is the latest Florida attorney general to make similar decisions in the wake of the Islamic State group’s brutal assault on Paris.
She is also the first to take such a stand after an attack in Oregon last week, when she said that those who commit acts of terrorism should be prosecuted as if they were committing the crime.
Bonds office will also consider whether people have a constitutional right to use social media to communicate with others without fear of retaliation, she said in a statement released Thursday.
Bondingi said in the memo that she has not yet determined whether people will be able to be charged under Florida’s terrorism law.
She did say that the state would take “appropriate legal action” if it believed people had committed a terrorist act based on their tweets or posts.
Florida’s terrorism statute requires prosecutors to prove that someone is “engaging in or participating in conduct that threatens, or is likely to cause, substantial damage to the nation’s economic, social, political, military or national security.”