Reynaldo Gonzalez’s daughter, Nohemi, was among the 130 killed when religious extremists attacked Paris last year. He claims that Twitter, Facebook and Google for facilitating the spread of “extremist propaganda” after alleging the trio “knowingly permitted” ISIS to recruit, raise money and spread its message across each of the respective platforms.
The court documents say that for years, the companies 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.
“This material support has been instrumental to the rise of ISIS, and has enabled it to carry out numerous terrorist attacks, including the 13 November 2015 attacks in Paris, where more than 125 were killed, including Nohemi Gonzalez.”
Without Twitter, Facebook and Google-owned YouTube, religious extremists would not have the infrastructure to get their message to the masses, he claimed.
While we are sympathetic for his loss, the court does appear a bit unfair. Each company goes to great lengths to police its ranks and remove offending content. It is a game of “wack-a-rat”, which companies often lose because of it being the internet. The danger is that he might actually win which would leave internet companies open to massive lawsuits every time there is a terrorist act.
Blaming the Internet for the sins of humanity is not the best way to move forward on anything. The big three are developing AI in an attempt to clamp down on extremist posts. If they pull it off then there will be fewer extremist sites and posts. It is taking a while to get the tech right.