Although a relatively small group, the terrorist network known as ISIS seems to be able to wreak havoc around the world.
In the last two years we’ve seen unprecedented amounts of bloodshed in France, Belgium, Germany, Turkey, and the United States. ISIS continues to spread its influence across the Middle East, Asia, and Africa.
Despite not having a strong presence in Western nations, ISIS has been behind all of the recent attacks in America and Europe. This is due to an effective campaign of recruiting and inspiring lone operatives, via the Internet.
In addition to creating their own websites, ISIS has had tremendous success in using popular social networks to spread their vile message of hatred around the world.
But what are these social networks doing to stop the spread of this kind of hate? Shouldn’t they be held responsible for not doing anything?
Some seem to believe they should.
From USA Today:
Facebook, Google and Twitter are being sued by the families of three victims slain in the mass shooting at an Orlando nightclub for allegedly providing “material support” to the Islamic State.
The lawsuit, first reported by Fox News, was filed Monday in federal court in the eastern district of Michigan on behalf of the families of Tevin Crosby, Javier Jorge-Reyes and Juan Ramon Guerrero.
The lawsuit is the latest to target popular Internet services for making it too easy for the Islamic State to spread its message. In June, the family of a California college student killed in last year’s terrorist attacks in Paris sued Facebook, Google and Twitter. Keith Altman, the attorney representing the three families in the Orlando nightclub lawsuit, also represents the family of that student, Nohemi Gonzalez, in the Paris terrorist attacks lawsuit.
The Islamic State, also known as ISIS or ISIL, uses popular Internet services such as Facebook, Twitter and Google’s YouTube to spread propaganda, to attract and train new recruits, to celebrate terrorist attacks and publicize executions.
Only recently have the parent companies of these social sites taken steps to combat the spread of ISIS. It took months of complaining before Twitter closed over 100 user accounts representing ISIS.
The question we must ask is why? Why did it take them so long to act? Why does it take a lawsuit for these companies to act responsibly?
Source: USA Today