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Family Members of ISIS Victims Suing Twitter

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By    |   Monday, 09 Jan 2017 05:18 PM

A lawsuit filed against Twitter by the families of three Americans killed during ISIS attacks in France and Belgium claims the social media platform has played "a uniquely essential role in the development of ISIS' image, its success in recruiting members from around the world, and its ability to carry out attacks and intimidate its enemies."

The lawsuit was filed on Jan. 8 in the southern district of New York, the Business Insider reports. In it, lawyers for the three families claim Twitter violated the Anti-Terrorism Act by failing to keep ISIS members off the social media platform.

The families are seeking "compensatory damages in amounts to be determined at trial."

Twitter has been sued before for the same reason. In January of 2016, a widow of an American killed in Jordan filed suit for giving ISIS "an unfettered" ability to maintain official Twitter accounts. That lawsuit was dismissed in August by a judge in California who ruled that Twitter cannot be held liable for ISIS rhetoric.

Facebook, Google and Twitter were sued in December by the families of three victims from the Orlando nightclub shooting for providing "material support" to ISIS.

"Without Defendants' Twitter, Facebook, and Google (YouTube), the explosive growth of ISIS over the last few years ... would not have been possible," stated the lawsuit.

Twitter has suspended accounts related to ISIS, including a total of 350,000 since mid-2015.

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A lawsuit filed against Twitter by the families of three Americans killed during ISIS attacks in France and Belgium claims the social media platform has played "a uniquely essential role in the development of ISIS' image, its success in recruiting members from around the...
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