Twitter sued over ISIS attacks

Twitter sued over ISIS attacks

In an unusual legal assault on a social media powerhouse, the family of a Florida man killed in Jordan in a November terrorist attack has sued Twitter for allegedly smoothing the way for ISIS to use the San Francisco-based online network as a tool in spreading its international terrorism campaign.

The family of the slain man, Lloyd Carl Fields Jr., pins blame on Twitter for playing a role in the Nov. 9 attack, according to a lawsuit filed Wednesday in U.S. District Court in San Francisco.

“For years, Twitter has knowingly permitted the terrorist group ISIS to use its social network as a tool for spreading extremist propaganda, raising funds and attracting new recruits,” the lawsuit, filed on behalf of Fields’ family, states. “Without Twitter, the explosive growth of ISIS over the last few years into the most feared terrorist group in the world would not have been possible.”

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