Father of Paris terror victim sues Facebook, Twitter for 'extremist propaganda'

Jun 17, 2016, 06:16 IST | Agencies

New York: The father of a Paris terror attack victim has filed a lawsuit against Twitter, Google and Facebook for allowing Islamic State (ISIS) to use their platforms to spread terrorist propaganda.

Nohemi Gonzalez
Nohemi Gonzalez. Pic/Facebook

The lawsuit, filed in the US District Court in California by Reynaldo Gonzalez, the father of Nohemi Gonzalez who was among the 130 killed in November in Paris, said these social media giants also allowed ISIS to raise funds and recruit.

According to a Mirror report, ISIS leader Omar Hussain used the social networking website Facebook to recruit members for the Paris attacks. The ISIS supporters have tweeted photos of dead soldiers with the hashtag #AmessagefromISIStoUS on Twitter.

Several beheading videos have appeared on Google-owned YouTube. The suit claims the companies “knowingly permitted” the Islamic State group to recruit members, raise money and spread “extremist propaganda” via their social-media services.
In January, a Florida-based woman filed a lawsuit against Twitter, accusing it of supporting the global spread of the ISIS by enabling its followers to recruit on its social media platform. Tamara Fields, whose husband was killed in a lone wolf terrorist attack in  Jordan in November last year, sued Twitter for damages.

Twitter rejected the lawsuit’s claims. “While we believe the lawsuit is without merit, we are deeply saddened to hear of this family’s terrible loss,” a Twitter spokesperson was quoted as saying in a statement.

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