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Terror Victims Sue Facebook, Twitter, Google for ‘Helping ISIS’

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Three Internet giants are in hot water over charges that their services assisted the rise of ISIS.

The families of three people killed in the Orlando nightclub shooting last June are suing Facebook, Twitter and Google.

According to the plaintiffs, the three companies provide “material support” to ISIS, even if that is not their intent.

It is no secret that ISIS has made tremendous use of social media. The terror group has been able to recruit and incite attacks using various social media platforms.

“This material support has been instrumental to the rise of ISIS and has enabled it to carry out or cause to be carried out, numerous terrorist attacks,” the lawsuit alleges.

It is a crime under US law to provide “material support” to anyone who might be a terrorist.

Impossible Situation

Facebook responded by telling AFP that it is working hard to keep ISIS and other terror groups off the social network. But it’s a very difficult task when the platform is used by over 1 billion people.

“Our Community Standards make clear that there is no place on Facebook for groups that engage in terrorist activity,” Facebook said. “We take swift action to remove this content when it’s reported to us.”

With so many users, Facebook relies heavily on members to report unacceptable behavior.

Not Enough?

One of the lawyers representing the plaintiffs insisted Facebook and the others were not doing enough.

However, the situation puts the companies in a tight bind. On the one hand, users want hostile elements monitored and removed. On the other hand, those same users demand complete privacy for all.

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