Tuesday 21 November 2017

Facebook, Twitter and Google sued over San Bernardino attack

The suit from the relatives of three victims mirrors claims made against social media providers for other attacks
The suit from the relatives of three victims mirrors claims made against social media providers for other attacks

Family members of some San Bernardino terror attack victims are suing Facebook, Google and Twitter, accusing the companies of providing platforms to aid terrorists.

The lawsuit filed in federal court in Los Angeles said the companies allowed Islamic State (IS) to spread propaganda, recruit followers and raise money.

Authorities say IS inspired the husband and wife who killed 14 people and wounded 22 in the December 2 2015 shooting.

The suit from the relatives of three victims mirrors claims made against social media providers for other attacks, such as the 2016 massacre at the Pulse nightclub in Orlando, Florida.

Some of those lawsuits have been dismissed because federal law shields online providers from responsibility for content posted by users.

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