The Supreme Court of the United States refused to link social networks this Thursday Twitter In a ruling on the company’s alleged responsibility for not properly removing material from that group, for terrorist attacks by organizations such as the Islamic State (IS).
The decision was drawn up by a conservative judge Clarence Thomas With the unanimous support of all the magistrates of the court.
In the ruling, Thomas argues that holding Twitter accountable for the 2017 terrorist attack that claimed Jordan’s life Naurus Al-Asaf In Turkey, per his family’s request, he will be charged with any crime to any communications provider only by being informed that criminals use their systems.
“Maybe the actors like him No “Use these platforms (…) for illegal and sometimes sinister purposes,” says the magistrate, “but the same can be said about mobile phones, email or the Internet.”
The judge also points out that it has been alleged by Al Assaf’s relatives that he Twitter Its failure to stop the spread of pro-IS messages does not show that the social network consciously tried to help carry out the attack in which Jordan was killed.
It also underlines that Blame Will hold the platform responsible for any attacks carried out by IS anywhere in the world.
In a concurring opinion, progressive Justice Ketanji Brown Jackson found that the rejection of the family’s arguments al asaf (and those of the family of Nohemi Gonzalez, who condemned Google over a similar case that was also dismissed by the Supreme Court today) That doesn’t mean the court will always give a verdict if new lawsuits are filed. Will rule in the same direction.
Jackson points out that the principles used by tribunal To reject both claims “are not universal”, so it opens the door for evaluating “other contexts” in which to assess the responsibility of social networking companies for the content published by their users.
Google and both Twitter They argued in both cases that the use of their platforms by IS terrorists does not mean that the tech companies provided them with conscious assistance. This view was also shared by the US government.