Rel­a­tives of night­club vic­tims sue so­cial me­dia com­pa­nies

The Washington Times Daily - - AMERICAN SCENE - — An­drew Blake

The fam­i­lies of three men killed in­side an Or­lando night­club by an Is­lamic State-in­spired gun­man ac­cused the world’s largest so­cial me­dia com­pa­nies in fed­eral court this week of pro­vid­ing ma­te­rial sup­port to the ter­ror­ist group.

Filed Mon­day in U.S. Dis­trict Court for the Eastern Dis­trict of Michi­gan, the 51-page com­plaint ac­cuses Face­book, Twit­ter and Google of giv­ing Is­lamic State plat­forms to “spread ex­trem­ist pro­pa­ganda, raise funds and at­tract new re­cruits.”

The law­suit says those plat­forms caused Omar Ma­teen to open fire in­side the Pulse night­club on June 12, killing 49 peo­ple.

“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 states.

Fed­eral in­ves­ti­ga­tors say Ma­teen, 29, pledged al­le­giance to Is­lamic State while car­ry­ing out the dead­li­est mass shoot­ing in re­cent U.S. his­tory.

The FBI has not found any di­rect con­nec­tions be­tween the gun­man and in­ter­na­tional ter­ror­ism. But the fam­i­lies of Ma­teen’s vic­tims say the so­cial me­dia com­pa­nies should be held re­spon­si­ble for pro­vid­ing Is­lamic State with mon­ey­mak­ing plat­forms to am­plify its agenda.

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