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New York Governor Says She’s Watching Your Social Media

If you live in New York, you’ll have to soon watch what you say: Kathy Hochul is watching to make sure no one feels insulted by what you say. 

The governor of the Empire State announced that “in response to a rise in hate crimes and incidents of harassment, the State of New York will increase staffing to the FBI Joint Terrorism Task Force. Governor Hochul has directed an additional $2.5 million to the New York State Police to deploy ten additional investigators in New York City, Albany, Buffalo and Rochester, ensuring the State Police has a presence in all JTTF investigative groups and areas. 

“I immediately deployed the New York State Police on October 7 to protect at-risk communities and we have continued our laser focus on public safety since then. Surging resources to the Joint Terrorism Task Force is a critical step to ensure New Yorkers are protected from domestic and international threats.”

Hochul announced that New York has begun collecting data from surveillance efforts on social media and said that authorities will soon be knocking on the doors of those who commit “hate speech,” no doubt something that will defined by her and only her. 

The move comes on the heels of the NYPD using drones to surveil Labor Day parties. “If a caller states there’s a large crowd, a large party in the backyard,” the assistant police commissioner said, “we’re going to be utilizing our assets to go up, to go check on the party, to make sure if the call is founded or not.”

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