Twitter is not legally responsible for the rise of ISIS, rules California district court

From The Verge:

A lawsuit accusing Twitter of providing material support to ISIS has been dismissed by a California District Court. First filed in January, the lawsuit argued ISIS’s persistent presence on Twitter constituted material support for the terror group, and sought to hold Twitter responsible for an ISIS-linked attack on that basis. The judge assigned to the case was ultimately not swayed by that reasoning. “There is no basis in law or fact for holding Twitter liable for that heinous crime,” the judge wrote. “Not even the thinnest of reeds connects Twitter to this terrible event, and Twitter’s alleged conduct is immune from liability under federal law.”

Filed by the family of an American contractor named Lloyd Fields, the lawsuit sought damages from an ISIS-linked attack in Jordan that claimed Fields’ life. The plaintiff’s initial complaint alleged widespread fundraising and recruitment through the platform, attributing 30,000 foreign actors recruited through ISIS Twitter accounts in 2015 alone.

No basis in law or fact for holding Twitter liable”

The lawsuit presented a major test of Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act, commonly known as the Safe Harbor clause. The clause protects online services from liability for speech published on their network, like a libelous statement in the comments section of a news article. The user who published the comment can still be held responsible, but Section 230 prohibits legal action against the website itself. That same clause has long been used to protect platforms like Facebook and Twitter from liability for illegal activity within their networks. Today’s ruling affirmed those protections, naming Section 230 as prohibiting Fields’ claim.

The judge also dismissed the argument that Twitter could be held liable under the Terrorism Civil Remedy, a measure that enables victims …

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