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Lawsuit Blames Twitter for ISIS Terrorist Attack

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Should Twitter TWTR +1.71% be responsible for terrorist attacks if the propaganda and recruiting efforts that helped the extremist groups thrive allegedly took place on its platform? That’s what a new lawsuit contends.

The wife of a U.S. man who was killed in Jordan in a November terrorist attack is placing the blame on the social media company for allowing Islamic State, or ISIS, which claimed responsibility for the attack, to flourish on the service.

The lawsuit, filed Wednesday in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California, claims that “for years, Twitter has knowingly permitted the terrorist group ISIS to use its social network as a tool for spreading extremist propaganda, raising funds and attracting new recruits. This material support has been instrumental to the rise of ISIS and has enabled it to carry out numerous terrorist attacks.”

Those attacks, according to the suit, include a Nov. 9 incident in Jordan during which a gunman entered an international police training center where he shot and killed five people, including two Americans. One of the victims, a 46-year-old contractor named Lloyd Carl Fields, Jr., was the plaintiff’s husband. The lawsuit seeks unspecified damages.

Islamic State’s social-media savvy is now well-documented. It has used Twitter as well as YouTube to boast about its savage attacks, recruit new members and raise money. The extremist group’s tweet of a video showing the gruesome beheading of American photojournalist James Foley last year gained widespread attention, and thrust Twitter into the middle of a debate about Internet platform’s responsibility to police terrorist activity.

Following the Nov. 9 attack, the lawsuit says ISIS claimed responsibility for the attack and issued a statement saying: “Do not provoke the Muslims more than this, especially recruited and supporters of the Islamic State. The more your aggression against the Muslims, the more our determination and revenge…time will turn thousands of supporters of the caliphate on Twitter and others to wolves.”

The suit details the extremist group’s activity on Twitter, claiming that as of December 2014, there were roughly 70,000 ISIS-related Twitter accounts, of which at least 79 were “official” and tweeted 90 times a minute. The lawsuit contends that Twitter has done little to stop ISIS from using its service.



Even the experts in terrorism have been asking why more has not been done by the U.S. government to detect ISIS on social media. Well, of course, the reason is because the U.S. created IS, ISIS etal as their new boogey man to replace Al Quaeda and Bin Ladin. 


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