Woman Sues Twitter for Enabling ISIS Attacks

By Gary Cutlack on at

A woman who lost her husband in a bomb blast in Jordan last year is placing the blame firmly at the feet of social network Twitter, claiming a slack attitude to censorship directly led to the attack that killed her partner.

According to the WSJ, the claim says: "...for years, Twitter has knowingly permitted the terrorist group ISIS to use its social network as a tool for spreading extremist propaganda, raising funds and attracting new recruits. This material support has been instrumental to the rise of ISIS and has enabled it to carry out numerous terrorist attacks."

Hence, like many of today's ills, it's all Twitter's fault. Lloyd Carl Fields, Jr. was the unfortunate victim of the attack that led to the claim, with the suit claiming there are now 79 "official" ISIS Twitter accounts still in operation, posting 90 tweets a minute.

Twitter has responded to the case, saying: "While we believe the lawsuit is without merit, we are deeply saddened to hear of this family’s terrible loss. Like people around the world, we are horrified by the atrocities perpetrated by extremist groups and their ripple effects on the Internet. Violent threats and the promotion of terrorism deserve no place on Twitter and, like other social networks, our rules make that clear." [WSJ via Engadget]

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