A law suit accusing Twitter of supporting the terrorist group ISIS has been dismissed by the U. S. District Judge William H. Orrick in San Francisco. The widow of an American killed in Jordan had accused Twitter of supporting the ISIS by enabling the terrorist organization to use the platform to carry out its hateful propaganda.
While dismissing the lawsuit, the judge gave the plaintiff a chance to refile an amended lawsuit in case she wants to.
Tamara Fields’ husband, Lloyd, had died in an attack on a police training centre in Amman last year. The widow says that Twitter knowingly let ISIS carry out its propaganda using the social networking platform.
According to the lawsuit, “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.”
The judge, while condemning the attack in Amman as “horrific”, said that Twitter cannot be held responsible for third party content on its website.
Did Twitter actually support ISIS, even if rhetorically speaking?
I would argue, in the same sense, arms manufacturers are responsible for all the wars and all the terrorist attacks because all the bombs and guns used by terrorist organisations obviously come from arms manufacturers. Had they not been manufacturing arms like crazy, they wouldn’t have been so many firearms available to these terrorist organisations. Car bombs are used so car manufacturers can also be blamed. The builders who lay roads can also be blamed for letting terrorists drive car-bombs on them.
No, I’m not trying to make light of the lawsuit, but personally I feel there are many well-deserving organisations and entities on whom the blame should be put instead of Twitter, especially the arms lobby.