January 14, 2016

At Last! Terror Victim Files Suit Against Twitter

Rusty has long advocated holding internet hosting companies and other online services accountable for their deplorable record of preventing terrorists from using their services.

We have a long history with providers, some co-operative and some not. Some willfully blind but few take a proactive stance. Depending on reports from users but few actually taking proactive steps.

Of course at times there are perfectly good reasons to leave selected sites. But in general the government has refused to sanction even willfully blind or supportive providers. Hence Rusty's suggestion that the victims or terrorists step in a file suit.

Now at long last a widow is filing suit against Twitter for their part in allowing Islamic State to use its services.

he widow of a man killed in a attack on a Jordanian police training center has sued Twitter Inc, accusing it of making it easier for ISIS to use the social media company's platform to spread its message.

Tamara Fields, a Florida woman whose husband Lloyd died in the Nov. 9 attack for which she said ISIS, a common acronym for Islamic State, claimed responsibility, is seeking unspecified damages for Twitter's having allegedly "knowingly or with willful blindness" provided material support to terrorists.

"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," according to the complaint filed on Wednesday in the federal court in Oakland, California.

Obviously piles of dead bodies and war is not motivation enough for providers to act. But possibly if they take a big hit in the pocketbook, the only thing they really care about they will take proactive steps against terrorists.

Like maybe actually hiring people dedicated to collecting information on terrorists and turning over to authorities without a warrant, and then removing those users and tracking and foiling their attempts to reload themselves.

A few large judgments might provide just the right motivation.

By Howie at 10:55 AM | Comments |