Social media giants sued by Orlando shooting relatives

Social media giants sued by Orlando shooting relatives


The families of three men who were killed in the Orlando nightclub massacre have filed a lawsuit against Facebook, Twitter and Google (YouTube) alleging that the firms provided “material support” to the so-called Islamic State.

In their lawsuit, relatives of Juan Ramon Guerrero Tevin Crosby, Javier Jorge-Reyes and Juan Ramon Guerrrero, assert that the user-generated platforms aided in the radicalisation of gunman Omar Mateen.

Mateen pledged allegiance to IS before he attacked Pulse, a gay nightclub in June 49 people were killed, in what has been described as the worst mass shooting in recent US history.

“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,” the lawsuit, which was filed in the Eastern District of Michigan, states.

A lawyer for the victims’ families Keith Altman, of 1800 Law Firm, told BBC Trending: “The tech companies provide material support to ISIS in two regards. Number one they provide an infrastructure to conduct terrorist operations, and number two, in some cases they share ad revenue. The combination of those two things allow ISIS to flourish.

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