The families of a handful of victims of the shooting at Pulse nightclub in Orlando, Florida are suing various social media companies for providing a platform for the extremism that led to the massacre.
According to Towleroad, the families of Tevin Crosby, Juan Ramon Guerrero and Javier Jorge-Reyes (all three of whom were killed in the attack on the LGBTQ venue this summer) are suing Facebook, Twitter, and and Google for “knowingly and recklessly” allowing for accounts associated with ISIS to exist and allowed the extremist group “to use its social networks as a tool for spreading extremist propaganda, raising funds, and attracting new recruits."
“Without Defendants Twitter, Facebook, and Google (YouTube),” says the lawsuit, “the explosive growth of ISIS over the last few years into the most feared terrorist group in the world would not have been possible.”
"Life has not been easy for me or my whole family," Juan Guerrero, the father of one of the victims, said. "It is something I remember and have to live with every day."
A move like this is not without precedent. Mashable reported on a suit against the social media companies following the Paris terrorist attacks. That being said, The Advocate thinks notes the legal challenges for this kind of action: "The suit has a major hurdle to clear in federal law, though. Under Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act of 1996, internet companies are not legally responsible for what users post on their sites."
All three social media companies have not commented on the situation.
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