According to a report released Thursday, Twitter gets sued by Florida widow over its lax policies on terrorism which reportedly led to the death of the woman’s husband. The social media company is now accused that it has condoned ISIS propaganda on its platform.
Tamara Fields said that her husband was killed by an IS militant extremist during an attack staged against police trainees in Amman, in Jordan. She is upset that Twitter allowed the extremist group spread hate propaganda and raise cash for the attack.
Law experts believe that Ms. Fields should get prepared for a lengthy battle, although her case could be solved soon if other plaintiffs decide to sue Twitter and Facebook for allowing ISIS spread their hate message and find new recruits across the platforms.
Ms. Fields filed the suit against Twitter with Oakland, Calif. court claiming that the microblogging site allowed ISIS members to sign up for and access Twitter accounts. The woman wrote in her complaint that Twitter’s lax policy on terrorism fueled ISIS’s ‘explosive growth’ in recent years.
The widow also said that Twitter was one of the factorswhich helped the group that killed her husband morph into the ‘most-feared terrorist group’ on the planet. As a result, the woman seeks triple damages from the company and accountability that it has infringed the Anti-Terrorism Act by providing extremists a platform to express themselves.
The woman’s attorney said that it must be the first trial to accuse the tech company of violating that piece of federal legislation.
In response, Twitter said that the suit was without merit, but expressed sadness over the woman’s ‘terrible loss.’ The site added that threats and terrorist propaganda are not allowed on Twitter.
In the meantime, Obama administration named a task force to seek and eliminate instances involving terrorists that use online platforms to reach their goals. Last week, Silicon Valley companies met with defense officials to seek new ways to counterattack extremist groups.
Jimmy Gurule, a law expert at the University of Notre Dame who worked with the U.S. Treasury to detect money that go to terrorist groups, noted that online platforms eased the access of Islamist militants to international recruits that are ready to die for their cause.
The woman’s husband was killed by a Jordanian police officer who served the state for more than a decade before committing the attack. And. Ms. Fields believes that Twitter is to blame because it allowed the group to stay online despite previous warnings from Congress and the White House.
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