Reynaldo Gonzales daughter, Nohemi, was among the 130 people killed during the Paris attacks. Recently, Gonzales has filed a lawsuit in the U.S. District Court blaming social media for the attacks. Gonzales claims the companies “knowingly permitted” ISIS to recruit members raise money and disseminate “extremist propaganda” through the network.
Facebook, Google, and Twitter have commented stating the lawsuit is without merit and alluded to their policies against extremist acts. Twitter claimed that they have group of people focusing on site violations. “Teams around the world actively investigating reports of rule violations, identifying violating conduct, and working with law enforcement entities when appropriate.” Facebook commented on the lawsuit stating that threats are reported to the authorities. “Evidence of a threat of imminent harm or a terror attack, we reach out to law enforcement.”
Google said, they will not comment on pending litigations, however mentioned that it has, “clear policies prohibiting terrorist recruitment and content intending to incite violence and quickly remove videos violating these policies when flagged by our users.”According to the U.S. law, internet companies are generally not liable for the users post on their networks. Also Section 230 of the 1996 Communications Decency Act protects internet companies stating that “no provider or user of an interactive computer service shall be treated as the publisher or speaker of any information provided by another information content provider.”