A $1 Billion lawsuit has been filed against Facebook, for “knowingly providing material support and resources to Hamas” by allowing the terror organization to use Facebook’s social media platform and communications services.
The suit is in response to attacks by the Palestinian militant Hamas group that killed four Americans and wounded one in Israel, the West Bank and Jerusalem, reports Newsmax.
An Israeli lawyer, Nitsana Darshan-Leitner, stated that since Hamas uses Facebook as a tool in their terror activities, Facebook is then liable for such terror activities as well.
The lawsuit said Hamas uses Facebook to share information with members, including posting about upcoming demonstrations, road closures, Israeli military actions and instructions about carrying out terror attacks.
Senior Hamas leader Mushir al-Masri said the lawsuit is just evidence of American prejudice against the group’s “just cause” and fighting “freedom of the press and expression.”
The suit was submitted to the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York on July 10. Plaintiffs include the families of Yaakov Naftali Fraenkel, a 16-year-old abducted and murdered in June 2014 after hitching a ride in the West Bank, and 3-year-old Chaya Braun, whose stroller was struck intentionally by a Palestinian driver in October 2014 at a train station in Jerusalem.
Facebook wants “people to feel safe when using Facebook. There is no place for content encouraging violence, direct threats, terrorism or hate speech on Facebook,” the company said in a response to a request for comment on the case. “We have a set of Community Standards to help people understand what is allowed on Facebook, and we urge people to use our reporting tools if they find content that they believe violates our standards so we can investigate and take swift action.”
Facebook did delete a page in March that promoted a Palestinian uprising against Israel, as it “made direct calls for violence.”
For the families of five Americans who were victims of a terror organization that uses Facebook as it’s communication tool, that isn’t enough.
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