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Monday, December 05, 2022

America: Court hears the trial of terrorism in the social network

WASHINGTON ( Associated Press) – The United States Supreme Court will hear two cases seeking to hold social networks financially responsible for terrorist attacks.

Relatives of those killed in terrorist attacks in France and Turkey have sued Google, Twitter and Facebook, accusing them of helping terrorists spread their messages and radicalizing new recruits.

The Supreme Court is expected to arrive at a decision before the summer vacation in June next year. The court did not say when it would hear arguments, but it already has a busy schedule for October and November.

One case involved Nohemi Gonzalez, a 23-year-old American studying in Paris who was one of 130 people killed in attacks by the Islamic State group in November 2015. The attackers broke into the cafe, the exterior of the French national stadium, and the Bataclan theatre. González was killed in an attack on La Belle Equipe Bistro.

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Relatives of Gonzalez sued Google, which owns YouTube, of aiding IS by allowing it to post hundreds of messages inciting violence and recruiting fighters. They claim that YouTube’s algorithms recommend such videos to users who show interest in them.

However, a judge dismissed the case and a federal appeals court upheld that decision. Under US law—specifically Section 230 of the Communications Civilization Act—Internet companies cannot be held guilty for the content their users post on them.

The second case that the Supreme Court agreed to hear was that of Navras Alsaf, a Jordanian citizen who was killed in an attack on the Queen of Istanbul nightclub in 2017 where an IS-linked gunman killed 39 people. was given.

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Alsaf’s relatives sued Twitter, Google and Facebook, accusing him of helping IS grow and failing to do enough to stop terrorist activity on their platforms. The trial court allowed the case to proceed.

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