Facebook, Twitter and Google blamed for growth of ISIS
Facebook, Twitter and Google have been handed lawsuits by the families of three victims of the homophobic attack on the Pulse nightclub in Orlando in June.
The attack was carried out by a radicalized shooter, Omar Marteen, and the lawsuit alleges that the uncontrolled spread of ISIS propaganda on the defendants’ platforms allowed his radicalization.
Tevin Eugene Crosby, Juan Guerrero, and Javier Jorge-Reyes were among 49 people killed in the attack, and their families are suing the internet giants for allowing the explosive growth of ISIS.
The lawsuit read: “For years, Defendants have knowingly and recklessly provided the terrorist group ISIS with accounts to use its social networks as a tool for spreading extremist propaganda, raising funds, and attracting new recruits.”
“Because the suspicious activity used by ISIS and other nefarious organizations engaged in illegal activities is easily detectable and preventable and that Defendants are fully aware that these organizations are using their networks to engage in illegal activity demonstrates that Defendants are acting knowingly and recklessly allowing such illegal conduct,” the suit alleges.
It added: “Without Defendants Twitter, Facebook, and Google (YouTube), the explosive growth of ISIS over the last few years into the most feared terrorist group in the world would not have been possible.”
The case will be a hard one to win, as Twitter won a similar case in August. They also won a case last month, where the judge ruled that they had not control over user-generated content.
Facebook has already reported to the suit, saying it has no fault whatsoever in the issue.
“We take swift action to remove this content when it’s reported to us,” Facebook said. “We sympathize with the victims and their families.”