Twitter Sued By Families Of ISIS Victims From France, Belgium Attacks

Family members of three Americans killed by ISIS attacks in Belgium and France have sued Twitter for allegedly failing to keep members of the terrorist organization off its platform.

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Business Insider reported

The lawsuit, which was filed in the southern district of New York on January 8, alleges that Twitter has played “a uniquely essential role in the development of ISIS’s image, its success in recruiting members from around the world, and its ability to carry out attacks and intimidate its enemies.”

Lawyers representing the plaintiffs argue in court documents that Twitter violated the Anti-Terrorism Act, and they are asking for “compensatory damages in amounts to be determined at trial.”

A Twitter spokesperson didn’t respond to a request for comment about the case. A similar lawsuit accusing Twitter of providing support to ISIS was dismissed by a California judge in August 2016. The company is currently facing another similar lawsuit by family members of victims killed in the June 2016 attack at the Pulse nightclub in Orlando, Florida.

Twitter has long been criticized for its inability to keep terrorists off its network. A 2014 article in The Atlantic titled “How ISIS Games Twitter” described how “extremists of all stripes are increasingly using social media to recruit, radicalize and raise funds.”

Twitter allows ISIS accounts to proliferate while suspending Conservatives for relatively benign ‘offenses’. Black Lives Matter is also celebrated on Twitter with their own special emoji even though they openly call for cop killing.

Twitter has no intentions of keeping terrorists off its network. In fact, they go out of their way to protect Islam. Their only priority is to silence Conservatives and the Alt Right. My own Twitter account has been suspended twice for no good reason.

Many influential Conservative Twitter accounts have been permanently banned as well. Milo Yiannopoulos was banned for ‘targeted harassment’ of actress Leslie Jones. Ricky Vaughn, Jared Wyand, and John Rivers are a few others who have been banned. Sure these tweeters may offend some with their points of view, but Twitter is inconsistent with their TOS. If Twitter pursued ISIS accounts with the same vigor they pursue Conservatives, they would greatly reduce the presence of terrorism on their platform.

 

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