The families of three victims killed in the Orlando Nightclub shooting have filed a federal civil lawsuit against Facebook, Google and Twitter, alleging that these companies provided “material support” to the Islamic State.
Omar Mateen, a 29-year-old security guard pledged allegiance to ISIS, and then opened fire inside Orlando’s Pulse nightclub back in June. Before Mateen was killed by a SWAT team, he murdered 49 people and wounded 53 in the attack.
In this lawsuit, the families of Tevin Crosby, Javier Jorge-Reyes and Juan Ramon Guerrero argue that the three web platforms “provided the terrorist group ISIS with accounts they use to spread extremist propaganda, raise funds, and attract new recruits.”
“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 lawsuit states.
Keith Altman, the attorney representing the families, said in an interview that Facebook, Google and Twitter should be held liable for what users post on their services because they pair content with advertising.
“They create unique content by combining ISIS postings with advertisements in a way that is specifically targeted at the viewer,” the lawsuit alleges. “Defendants share revenue with ISIS for its content and profit from ISIS postings through advertising revenue.”
In the past courts have been reluctant to hold these platforms responsible for content posted on their sites, but if this suit filed by the Pulse victims’ families is successful, social media could be drastically reshaped, Fox News reported.
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