Pulse Massacre Victims' Families Sue Facebook, Google & Twitter

Tuesday December 20, 2016

Family members of three victims from the Pulse nightclub shooting in Orlando have filed lawsuits against tech giants Facebook, Google and Twitter for providing "material support" to ISIS.

According to Portland, Oregon TV station KATU, the lawsuit alleges that ISIS used Facebook, Google and Twitter to spread propaganda, raise money and recruit new members.

"For years, Defendants (Google, Facebook, Twitter) have knowingly and recklessly provided the terrorist group ISIS with accounts to use its social networks as a tool for spreading extremist propaganda, raising funds, and attracting new recruits," the complaint reads. "This material support has been instrumental to the rise of ISIS and has enabled it to carry out or cause to be carried out, numerous terrorist attacks, including the June 12, 2016 attack in Orlando where 53 were injured and 49 were killed."

"Defendants are information content providers because they create unique content by combining ISIS positions with advertisements in a way that is specifically targeted at the viewer. Defendants share revenue with ISIS for its content and profit from ISIS positions through advertising revenue," it continued.

Keith Altman, the attorney for the families in the lawsuit, told USA Today the companies should be held responsible, despite laws that could protect them from liability for speech posted by users on their sites, because they profit from advertising revenue related to ISIS postings.

Facebook, Twitter and Google have yet to issue statements regarding the lawsuit.