Twitter Hit With Lawsuit For Allowing ISIS To Post Propaganda

January 16, 2016Jan 16, 2016

A Florida woman is suing Twitter for violating the Anti-Terrorism Act by providing material support to ISIS.  The lawsuit was filed in Oakland, California on Wednesday. 

Tamara Fields’ husband was killed on November 9th when the Islamic state attacked a police training center in Amman, Jordan.  According to Reuters, Fields’ husband had been a police officer for over a decade prior to going to going to Jordan to train Iraqi and Palestinian police officers.

Fields’ said that the social media giant let ISIS use Twitter to attract recruits, spread their propaganda, and raise money for their terrorist activities.  “Without Twitter, the most explosive growth of ISIS over the last few years into the most feared terrorist group in the world would not have been possible,” the lawsuit said.

“While we believe the lawsuit is without merit, we are deeply saddened to hear of this family’s terrible loss.  Violent threats and the promotion of terrorism deserve no place on Twitter and, like other social networks, our rules make that clear,” Twitter said in a statement.

Though the case might be hard to make against Twitter, Fields’ lawyer seemed pretty confident about their chances.  “Given the significant support that Twitter has knowingly provided to ISIS over the years, we’re confident that we can meet this standard,” Joshua Arisohn, a partner at the law firm representing Fields said.

Do you think Fields has a case?