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Florida Woman Sues Twitter for Giving ISIS a Platform

on Sat Jan 16, 2016 8:57 am
Twitter’s approach to handling terrorists on its platform is already messy. Now, it’s getting even messier.

Tamara Fields, a Florida woman whose husband was killed in a lone wolf terrorist attack in Jordan, has filed a lawsuit against Twitter, accusing the company of supporting the spread of ISIS by enabling ISIS leaders to recruit and fundraise on its platform. She’s suing for damages.

“Without Twitter,” the suit alleges, “the explosive growth of ISIS over the last few years into the most-feared terrorist group in the world would not have been possible.”

This lawsuit is just the latest twist in an already knotty situation for Twitter. Just last month, the Turkish government fined Twitter $50,000 for refusing to remove what it considers “terrorist propaganda.” Meanwhile, top US intelligence officials recently met with executives from Silicon Valley companies, including Twitter, to discuss how tech companies can help stem the spread of terrorist activity online.

As a company, Twitter strictly forbids users from threatening or promoting terrorism, but that change came only last year when Twitter expanded its definition of “violent threats.” And the company depends on its user base to report such activity, a practice that Fields takes issue with in the suit......................

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