Bereft Father Files Lawsuit On Social Media Giants Over Paris Attacks

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A father of a victim of the Paris attacks is suing Twitter, Google and Facebook for empowering ISIS with communication capabilities.

Reynaldo Gonzalez, father of a victim of the Paris attacks, is taking legal action against the tech giants because “for years, Defendants have knowingly permitted the terrorist group ISIS to use their social networks as a tool for spreading extremist propaganda, raising funds and attracting new recruits,” according to legal documents acquired by Techdirt.

The lawsuit lists a number of supportive quotes from political pundits and public officials highlighting ISIS’ success in using social media platforms to expand their terrorist organization. The file also cites that “Al-Hayat Media Center, ISIS’s official public relations group, maintained at least a half dozen accounts, emphasizing the recruitment of Westerners.”

California Sen. Dianne Feinstein introduced legislation in December that would force social media platforms to alert federal officials about online terrorist activity.

Both presidential candidates Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton have called upon Silicon Valley to do more, including the latter warning people that “you are going to hear all the familiar complaints: ‘freedom of speech.'”

According to Reuters, companies like Google and Twitter have been adamantly combating online propaganda that is used for terrorist recruitment purposes.

Many of the biggest tech companies in Silicon Valley showed solidarity when Apple refused to comply with FBI’s demands to unlock the San Bernardino shooter’s iPhone.

Twitter has been sued before by another grieving family member when an ISIS raid killed Tamara Fields’ husband at a police training center in Amman, Jordan.

It is not yet clear the settlement the Gonzalez family expects. Gonzalez’s daughter, Nohemi Gonzalez, was the only American killed in the Paris attacks where more than 125 were killed.

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