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Family of Paris Terror Victim Sues Facebook, Google for Enabling ISIS

Family of Paris Terror Victim Sues Facebook, Google for Enabling ISIS
In this Friday, Dec. 4, 2015, file photo, Reynaldo Gonzalez breaks down while remembering his daughter Nohemi Gonzalez, who was killed in the Paris attacks in November, at her funeral at the Calvary Chapel in Downey, Calif. Reynaldo Gonzalez is suing Twitter, Facebook and Google for allegedly supporting the attackers. (Genaro Molina/Los Angeles Times via AP, Pool, File)

By    |   Thursday, 16 June 2016 11:58 AM

The family of a Paris terrorism victim has sued Google, Facebook, and Twitter for allowing the Islamic State to use the companies' channels to grow and recruit.

The Long Beach Press-Telegram reported Wednesday that Reynaldo Gonzalez, the father of California State University student Nohemi Gonzalez, alleged in a lawsuit filed Tuesday in U.S. District Court in Northern California that the three tech giants allowed ISIS to "use their social networks as a tool for spreading extremist propaganda, raising funds and attracting new recruits."
 
Gonzalez, 23, was studying abroad at the Strate College of Design in Paris when she was shot and killed at a Paris restaurant on Nov. 13. She was one of the 129 who died from the terror attacks, wrote KTLA-TV.

The coordinated attacks happened at different locations throughout Paris that evening, including a soccer stadium and a concert hall.

The lawsuit also suggested that Google's AdSense program that allows YouTube users to share in revenue from ads posted with heavily trafficked videos could have resulted in the company making payments to ISIS.

The newspaper added that Gonzalez's lawsuit also cited a Brookings Institute report claiming that ISIS uses Twitter to send out propaganda to attract vulnerable people to radicalization.

That report stated that from September through December 2014, ISIS supporters used at least 46,000 Twitter accounts and could have as many as 70,000 on the network.

"By virtue of its large number of supporters and highly organized tactics, ISIS has been able to exert an outsized impact on how the world perceives it, by disseminating images of graphic violence (including the beheading of Western journalists and aid workers and more recently, the immolation of a Jordanian air force pilot), while using social media to attract new recruits and inspire lone actor attacks," the Brookings Institute study said in its executive summary.

The Press-Telegram wrote that both Google and Facebook released statements saying their companies have clear polices that prohibit activity from terrorists or their supporters and that such material is removed once flagged. The newspaper said that a Twitter representative could not be reached for comment.

"If we see evidence of a threat of imminent harm or a terror attack, we reach out to law enforcement," a Facebook representative said. "This lawsuit is without merit and we will defend ourselves vigorously."

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