Families of the Orlando shooting victims are suing Facebook

ORLANDO, FLORIDA - JUNE 21: A view of the Pulse Nightclub sign on June 21, 2016 in Orlando, Florida. Orlando community continues to mourn deadly mass shooting at gay club. The Orlando community continues to mourn the June 12 shooting at the Pulse nightclub in what is being called the worst mass shooting in American history, Omar Mir Seddique Mateen killed 49 people at the popular gay nightclub early last Sunday. Fifty-three people were wounded in the attack which authorities and community leaders are still trying to come to terms with. (Photo by Gerardo Mora/Getty Images)

The families of 3 people who died during the mass shooting in Orlando this summer are launching a lawsuit against Facebook, Twitter and Google for spreading the pro-ISIS materials. ISIS militants operate via a network of accounts across social media, spreading messages via Facebook,Twitter and YouTube. While some materials are flagged and removed, critics say the social media giants have failed to tackle the full scale of the problem.

The lawsuit states: “Without Defendants Twitter, Facebook, and Google (YouTube), the explosive growth of ISIS over the last few years into the most feared terrorist group in the world would not have been possible.” Juan Guerrero, the father of one of the victims, told Fox: “I wish we could get some regulations put in place. They have to do something to prevent these people from doing things like this. Life has not been easy for me or my whole family. It is something I remember and have to live with every day.”

But what makes it problematic is Section of 230 of Communications Decency Act according to which “No provider or user of an interactive computer service shall be treated as the publisher or speaker of any information provided by another information content provider” – a precedent that will have to be overturned if the case is to succeed, as it protects Facebook from liability for users’ posts.


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