I knew this was going to happen sooner or later and so should everyone else that utilizes these social media platforms.
These online mediums are being used to recruit terrorist members on daily basis. Not only that, in the case of my friend who I will not name, she has been harassed for the last few days by members of ISIS who have been threatening to kill her. They have even used her likeness when posting pics and Twitter won’t suspend them or take them down.
Facebook wouldn’t remove the Chicago 4 torture/kidnapping video, so I can see why these American families are suing these social media giants. They indirectly help to promote their causes.
From Business Insider:
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 a 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 began cracking down on accounts related to ISIS in the summer of 2015, when it suspended 125,000 accounts in one fell swoop. In August 2016, the company said it had suspended a total of 350,000 accounts related to ISIS since mid-2015.
Despite Twitter’s uptick in banning, the January 2017 lawsuit alleges that the company has “continued to provide these resources and services to ISIS and its affiliates, refusing to actively identify ISIS Twitter accounts, and only reviewing accounts reported by other Twitter users.”
“Simply put, ISIS uses Twitter as a tool and a weapon of terrorism,” the suit argues.
To watch terrorist groups use our media platforms as a mechanism to recruit to hurt other Americans. Do you think these families will win against Twitter?
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