Twitter Sued By Families Of Terrorism Victims For "Providing Services To ISIS"

Tyler Durden's picture

Lately Twitter just can't seem to get anything right.

While Jack Dorsey's social network has been frequently in the news for cracking down on outspoken members of the "alt-right", or those accused of harrassment such as Martin Shkreli most recently, it has also been accused of taking a soft hand on those who post real threats, such as terrorist who use the social network to coordinate attacks.

A 2014 article in The Atlantic titled "How ISIS Games Twitter" described how "extremists of all stripes are increasingly using social media to recruit, radicalize and raise funds."

Which is also why a lawsuit was filed against Twitter by families of three Americans killed during ISIS attacks in France and Belgium, claiming the social media platform played "a uniquely essential role in the development of ISIS' image, its success in recruiting members from around the world, and its ability to carry out attacks and intimidate its enemies."

In the lawsuit, which argues that Twitter violated the Anti-Terrorism Act, the vicitms families' also accuse Twitter of “refusing to actively identify ISIS Twitter accounts, and only reviewing accounts reported by other Twitter users" and further allege that "Twitter provides services to ISIS that, among other things, substantially assist and contribute to ISIS’s ability to carry out its terrorist activities."

They add that terrorists have "used Twitter to specifically threaten France and Belgium that they would be attacked for participating in a coalition of nations against” Islamic State.

The lawsuit, filed in U.S. District Court for Southern District of New York, seeks punitive damages for deaths of two victims of terrorist attacks “in an amount sufficient to deter Twitter and others from similar future wrongful conduct,” according to court filing.

However, as Business Insider notes, a similar lawsuit accusing Twitter of providing support to ISIS was dismissed by a California judge in August 2016. Twitter is currently facing another similar lawsuit by family members of victims killed in the June 2016 attack at the Pulse nightclub in Orlando, Florida.

Twitter began cracking down on accounts related to ISIS in the summer of 2015, when it suspended 125,000 accounts in one fell swoop. In August 2016, the company said it had suspended a total of 350,000 accounts related to ISIS since mid-2015.

The plaintiffs, however, find Twitter's efforts have not been enough and allege that the company has "continued to provide these resources and services to ISIS and its affiliates, refusing to actively identify ISIS Twitter accounts, and only reviewing accounts reported by other Twitter users." The suit argues that  "simply put, ISIS uses Twitter as a tool and a weapon of terrorism."

The full lawsuit is below:

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jcaz's picture

Killing Twitter one frivolous lawsuit at a time..... 

Deep State is busy today.....

Syrin's picture

They banned Milo for panning "Ghostbusters 2" which sucked ass, and his response was that this is a social media site that gives a voice to ISIS, but not conservatives.   Sue them to the dark ages.  We have to take this country back from these America hating leftist fuckheads.  This is a GREAT start, especially when the attorneys show all the users they have banned while leaving ISIS intact.

Canadian Dirtlump's picture

I'm glad the alt right and conservatives are getting into activism. Recall that days after the war wookie Lester Jones was able to get Milo kicked off twitter, she got hacked and pictures of her passport and her butthole were out there for the world to see AHAHAHAHAHA.


Life lessons for the idiots ( which most of us sort of have as built in instinct ) :

1) don't scan and post your ID to the cloud, or at all.

2) don't even take pictures when your bare butthole is showing, let alone being utilized, let alone posting them to an internet connected unit. what do the cool kids say? smh.. lmao.

macholatte's picture


"extremists of all stripes are increasingly using social media to recruit, radicalize and raise funds."


Of course that includes the Democrat Party. 

Spungo's picture

That's my position as well. I would defend Twitter if they promoted free speech, but they clearly don't. Twitter is a political stage. If ISIS has an account on Twitter, it's because Twitter sides with ISIS.

Handful of Dust's picture
Twitter, Google, Facebook Sued by Orlando Shooting Victims’ Families


Encouraging and/or ignoring terrorism has consequences.

Canadian Dirtlump's picture

I wouldn't be sad to see Shitter go. Instead of purging child porn pictures and radical islamist alciada is(c)i(a)s accounts they are doing apparently god's work by banning our boy martin shkreli from trolling an insufferable teen vouge word typer who happens to have a unique and familiar phenotype.


LMAOnade anyone?

peddling-fiction's picture

Anybody can develop a better site.

Paying for its cloud and protecting it is the real issue.

Canadian Dirtlump's picture

To a degree, since the people who own it also own the ddos-tron mega bots. I'm not speaking right now or a replacement. That being said. We all knew trump Should have been a slam dunk, and many of us figured he would not be allowed to win.


He won. humanity won. There's 1 in a row. They aren't invincible, so some bright conservative minds, maybe Peter Thiel, can make twitter 2.0. Just don't call it Pinkotron.

dark fiber's picture

The moment you start censoring and start having an opinion on what is said on your platform, you lose your common carrier status, since you admit that you do have control over what happens on your network.  Unfortunately the wizkids running tweeter are not familiar with basic telecom and information legislation dating back all the way to AT&T.  I hope  Tweeter gets steamrolled over this.

Tallest Skil's picture

Reminder that Twitter actively supports and harbors those who call for the genocide of all white people.

RedDwarf's picture

"Killing Twitter one frivolous lawsuit at a time..... 

Deep State is busy today....."

Fuck you.  These are lawsuit from people, not the Deep State, and Twitter has it coming.  They were busy banning people like Milo Y. for bullshit when letting ISIS go unchecked.  It Twitter wanted to not get sued, maybe they should have started by not being selective, arbitrary, and political in the application of their policies.

Justin Case's picture

They have a point. If they don't like a post that someone puts up they can cut'em off. They should go after YouTube as well for the airtime. They cut Anthony Lawson off illegally and he had to fight them to get his videos to stay up.

Good for them.

Syrin's picture

Same thing with Fakebook.   The numerous "Kill Trump" sites are left intacts and probably featured.  Support the local Christian baker and you are banned for life.   I would LOVE to see these shitheads defend these sorts of decisions on record in a court of law.

Handful of Dust's picture

Same with the black rap video that encouraged and even instructed blacks how to beat up and rob Chinese which was only taken down from FB and other sites after an uproar by Chinese-Americans and other Asians since blacks can't tell the difference between Chinese, Vietnamese, etc and were beating them all up as well as robbing them thinking they are all "waelthy and carry money" as the hip-hop rapper claimed.

Soweeto bin Bama refused to call out this rapper and also refused to declare BLM a terrorist group despite their terrorism.

It's one more reason the majority of Chinese-Americans supported the Donald.

caconhma's picture

The USA is a Banana Republic!


Make America great is the most stupid thing I have ever heard.

Ignatius's picture

Contingent liabilitiy as a commercial means of subverting free speech?

Bill of Rights's picture

Richmond Fed President Jeffrey Lacker to retire in October

shimmy's picture

What a bunch of idiots. I despise Twitter but fug, this is ridiculous.

Handful of Dust's picture

Dorsey got confused; he did not know whther to cut off the McShame-backed moderate terrorists or the extreme Hillary-backed terrorists and his dilly-dallying might have contributed to these unfortunate slaughters despite the fact Obama, "has isis on the run."

SgtShaftoe's picture

Sure looks like "material support" to me.  Though all the government officials provided even more "material support" by supplying weapons including stingers and should be charged with treason against the US. 

Squidbilly's picture
Squidbilly (not verified) Jan 10, 2017 12:15 PM


quadraspleen's picture


Couldn't have happened to a nicer social networking company


That is all.

ToSoft4Truth's picture

That Chicago retard should sue FB for streaming his torture.

1980XLS's picture

"Chicago Retard?"

Obama or Hillary?

orangegeek's picture

Dorsey bans conservative bias and allows islamic terrorism.


Sue this marxist fucking prick until he stops breathing.

Duty Chief's picture

Exactly correct.  If they simply provided the conduit for communication, they would be immune from prosecution; but they actively censor and promote specific types of speech.  I hope they burn.

BitchesBetterRecognize's picture

just to prove that twitter is a double edge sword if mishandled ....


so be careful Donald on what you post on that shit!!  - there are lots of motherfuckers out there ready to sue you for some insignificant bullshit         

GraveDancer's picture

Islamic Jihad is the new Nazism and Trump is our Churchill!

Book> The Road to World War III: Can the Dark forces of anti-Freedom trump Humanity?


TeaClipper's picture

Why waste time with the little fish. If you are going to sue the enablers then the Obama administration and the alphabet agencies, who created trained and funded ISIS should be the first target. Then start shooting the little players

YHWH is greater's picture

Don't forget Fakebook which streams kidnapping & torture of "special needs" boy.

adonisdemilo's picture

Hopefully TWITTER gets TWATTED.  Permanently

rocknrollinhoneybadger's picture

Good, while they are at it, sue - 


Barack Obama

George Soros

Hillary Clinton for the same

gdpetti's picture

True, but they all work for the same bosses.... some are only sociopaths, others psychopaths, so some know they are tools while the others do not.. but remain loyal or just 'useful idiots' or pawns in a game they love to play... called FU Buddy.... or in more modern Hollywood terms, 'Hunt the Humans'... just another reality game show, right?

RedDwarf's picture

Look, Twitter was too busy banning alt-right pundits like Milo Yiannopoulos to ban ISIS accounts.  Priorities you know.

mary mary's picture

This shows the nonsensical convolutions of lawyering.  Avoid the big powerful crooks, because they are actually dangerous.  Instead, find someone much smaller, who might have money, and attack them.

It would make much more sense to sue President Obama for creating the lucrative financial opportunities that are feeding ISIS.  His War on Syria is what mostly seems to be enriching ISIS.  ISIS can "propagandize" all its want, but unless it wins battles on the ground, it's got nothing, and therefore will attract noone.

HRH Feant's picture
HRH Feant (not verified) Jan 10, 2017 3:55 PM

Good. I am not a fan of lawsuits but it has been obvious to some of us, for some time, that ISIS has been exploiting sites like Twatter and Fuckbook. Sometimes the only way to make someone, or a company change, is to slap them upside the head with a lawsuit. It tends to get their attention. Financial pain and bad PR are toxic to any corporation that wants to be taken seriously and wants to continue selling their product, and stock, to the masses.