CHICAGO (US): The families of three Orlando nightclub shooting victims have sued against Facebook, Twitter and Google accusing them of providing “material support” into the Islamic State group by multiplication of extremist propaganda that inspired the attack.
The assault by gunman Omar Mateen, who pledged allegiance to IS, left 49 people dead and 53 injured in the Pulse nightclub in June, in the deadliest mass shooting in US history.
The 29-year-old US-born American of Afghan descent was killed within a shootout with police after taking hostages.
The groups of three from the dead, Tevin Eugene Crosby, Juan Ramon Guerrero Jr, and Javier Jorge-Reyes, filed sued contrary to the internet giants this week for “knowingly and recklessly” allowing Is always to exploit social media like a recruiting, fundraising and propaganda tool.
“On the planet ! support has been instrumental on the rise of ISIS and has now enabled it to undertake or induce to be accomplished, numerous terrorist attacks,” for example the Orlando massacre, the lawsuit alleges, having an alternate acronym to your jihadist group.
In utilizing the term “material support,” the suit invoked the best term that produces a crime under American law. It requested compensatory damages to be awarded at trial.
Facebook responded to the lawsuit by telling AFP the provider is “committed to providing a solution where people feel safe.\”
“Our Community Standards reveal that there are not enough space on Facebook for groups that are involved in terrorist activity or perhaps content that expresses support for such activity, and that we take swift action to remove this article if it\’s reported to us. We sympathise using the victims and families,” a service statement said.
A Facebook employee, who spoken with AFP on condition of anonymity, said the company “relies heavily on reports from a community” to detect and remove inappropriate content.
Google did not immediately respond to AFP’s requests for comment. Twitter declined to comment.
“What they’re doing seemingly ineffective,” said Keith Altman, one of many lawyers representing the plaintiffs from the lawsuit.
“We think they could be doing more,” he stated, for instance detecting patterns of unusual social media marketing activity which might be “strongly suggestive of improper intent.”
The three companies, as well as Microsoft, announced in December that they were partnering to generate a database of digital “fingerprints” that can help identify and take “potential terrorist content.”
“There is absolutely no location for content that promotes terrorism on our hosted consumer services. When alerted, we take swift action using this style of content according to our respective policies,” the firms said in a joint statement.
Twitter said captured it had suspended a lot more than 360,000 user makes up violating the company’s prohibition on violent threats and promotion of terrorism.
But the lawsuit maintains that your companies have never done enough to curb IS’s by using social media.
“Since first appearing on Twitter 2010, ISIS accounts on Twitter have grown in a astonishing rate and, as yet, ISIS maintained official accounts on Twitter unfettered,” the complaint alleges.
“Like Twitter, ISIS has utilized Google (YouTube) and Facebook in the likewise manner,” it says.