USA: Families of Orlando nightclub shooting victims sue Facebook, Google & Twitter for allegedly providing support to Islamic State
Author: Brendan O'Brien, Reuters (USA), Published on: 21 December 2016
"Orlando nightclub victims' families sue Twitter, Google, Facebook", 21 Dec 2016
The families of three men killed at Orlando's Pulse gay nightclub have sued Twitter Inc, Alphabet Inc's Google and Facebook Inc in federal court, accusing the companies of providing "material support" to the self-radicalized gunman. The gunman, 29-year-old Omar Mateen, who killed 49 people and wounded 53 in the deadliest mass shooting in modern U.S. history, pledged allegiance to the Islamic State militant group...The three families claim Twitter, Google's YouTube and Facebook "provided the terrorist group ISIS with accounts they use to spread extremist propaganda, raise funds and attract new recruits."...Facebook said on Tuesday there is no place on its service for groups that engage in or support terrorism, and that it takes swift action to remove that content when it is reported. "We are committed to providing a service where people feel safe when using Facebook," it said in a statement. "We sympathize with the victims and their families." Twitter declined to comment...The families...are seeking damages and for the court to rule that the sites have violated the Anti-Terrorism Act in the United States...