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Familes of Americans killed in Brussels, Paris attacks sue Twitter

January 11, 2017 at 11:35 am 4 News

NEW YORK (UPI) — Relatives of three U.S. citizens killed during the Islamic State’s attacks on Belgium and Paris filed a lawsuit against Twitter, accusing the social media platform of conspiring with the terrorist group.

Filed Sunday in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York, the lawsuit alleges Twitter failed to keep members of IS, also known as ISIS, ISIL and Daesh, off the platform.

The lawsuit cites the U.S. Anti-Terrorism Act, alleging Twitter “knowingly provided material support and resources to ISIS, a notorious terrorist organization that has engaged in and continues to commit terror attacks, including the March 22, 2016, terrorist attacks in Brussels, Belgium, that murdered 32 people, including Mr. Alexander Pinczowski and his sister Ms. Sascha Pinczowski, and the November 13, 2015 terrorist attacks in Paris, France, that murdered 130 people, including Ms. Nohemi Gonzalez.”

Twitter began cracking down by suspending accounts related to the Islamic State in the summer of 2015. In August 2016, Twitter said it had suspended about 350,000 Twitter accounts linked to the Islamic State since mid-2015.

In August, a U.S. judge dismissed a lawsuit against Twitter filed by the wife of an American killed in Jordan alleging the company knowingly let the Islamic State use the platform to raise funds, spread its radical propaganda and to recruit.

In December, the families of three victims of the Pulse nightclub massacre in Orlando, Fla., filed a lawsuit against Facebook, Twitter and Google, accusing them of providing support to the Islamic State.

The new lawsuit alleges “Twitter engaged in negligent behavior by providing services to ISIS.”

“ISIS has used Twitter to cultivate and maintain an image of brutality, to instill greater fear and intimidation, and to appear unstoppable, by disseminating videos and images of numerous beheadings and other brutal killings, including setting captives on fire, blowing them up with explosives, slowly lowering them in a cage underwater to drown, and more,” the lawsuit alleges. “Twitter thus conspired with ISIS in its illegal provision of Twitter to promote and carry out ISIS’s illegal acts of international terrorism, including the acts that injured plaintiffs. ISIS thus uses Twitter to actually carry out essential communication components of ISIS’s terror attacks. Simply put, ISIS uses Twitter as a tool and a weapon of terrorism.”


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  1. LLM the Ultimate January 11, 2017 at 3:51 pm

    First one to comment!

    We all know Twitter is run by liberals, so honestly it wouldn’t surprise that these allegations are true, as nowadays because of our twisted PC culture, they are afraid to hurt the feelings of the radical Islamists and dont want to be labeled “racists” or “bigots”…

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  2. rivahmitch1 January 11, 2017 at 4:19 pm

    No question that the allegations are most likely correct. However, as long as the legal system is controlled by perverted legal shysters, they’re unlikely to prevail in court.

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  3. ltuser
    ltuser January 11, 2017 at 5:01 pm

    GOOD. IMO its about time you tube, twtter etc were all held to account for the material they host.
    If Craigslist and backpage can be taken to court and forced to shut down their ‘adult sections’ cause of ‘pimping’, then so too should these other sites be punished for allowing “enemies of the state to host indoctrinations on them’..

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    • LLM the Ultimate January 11, 2017 at 8:06 pm

      I also agree, Ituser. All sites should be federally mandated to take down pro-Islamist material.

      That’s right. I said the FEDERAL government because we are at war, and putting up this material causes American lives to be lost. When an issue concerning our enemies and the propaganda they post can not be handled by an independent business, the government should, in wartime only, be able to conduct an investigation.

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