Facebook, Google and Twitter face a new lawsuit

May

6

2017

Social networking platforms Facebook, Twitter and Google face a new lawsuit filed by the families of three victims of the San Bernardino attack in December 2015, where families claimed that the three technical companies allowed the terrorist organization known as the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant to thrive on Social networking platforms.

The lawsuit alleges that the three companies provided material support to the organization by allowing its members to spread their extremist propaganda on social media platforms. It also aided and instigated terrorist incidents such as the San Bernardino incident and was responsible for the deaths of such cases.

“For years, defendants have knowingly and recklessly made calculations on their social networks of elements of a terrorist organization and used them as a tool to spread extremist propaganda, raise funds and attract new recruits,” family members said in the 32-page lawsuit filed at the Los Angeles Court.

“Without the defendants Twitter, Facebook and Google as responsible for the YouTube platform, it would not have been possible to achieve this phenomenal growth of a staunch organization over the past few years and turn it into the world’s biggest terror group.”

On Wednesday, December 2, 2015, an American citizen of Pakistani origin, Sayed Radwan Farooq, and his wife, Tashifin, a Pakistani owner, opened fire on a mental health center in San Bernardino, California, killing 14 people and injuring 24.

Farouk and Tashfin expressed their support for the organization and pledged allegiance to them through Facebook before the attack directly, and considered the attack the most violent attack by Islamic extremists on American soil since the attacks of September 11, 2001.

The federal law gives Internet companies wide immunity for the content that users publish. Many lawsuits have been filed in recent years to try to get social media companies responsible for terrorist attacks, but none have reached the initial stages.

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