Media Terrorism

Facebook, Twitter, and Google Sued for Providing ‘Material Support’ to ISIS…But ‘Fake News’ is the REAL Concern!

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Philip Hodges
Written by Philip Hodges

This is rather interesting. You know how much of a concern “fake news” has been to these social networks and the national media? So-called fake news was blamed for not only spreading information about #Pizzagate, but also it was blamed for what an armed man did at Comet Ping Pong in D.C. He came in to “investigate” the scandal by firing a shot at the floor, below which there were supposedly kids. He wanted to protect the kids by apparently shooting in their direction. Hm. Sounds rather fishy.

But whatever that was all about, it was immediately used to show how “dangerous” fake news was.

Facebook vowed to do its part in cracking down on fake news stories by soliciting the help of liberal fact-checkers. Going forward, they’re going to be trying to bury and eradicate what they classify as fake news, which they claim is potentially “dangerous.” After all, remember what that #Pizzagate gunman did.

I say all this, because so little attention has been given to the fact that terrorists use Facebook, Twitter, and Google to help increase their numbers and spread propaganda. I’m talking about actual terrorists. You know, the kinds that rape and behead people. They use Facebook. They use Twitter.

Omar Mateen used these social media networks. He was the guy who shot up an Orlando nightclub that killed 49 people and injured 53 others. USA Today reported:

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.

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The biggest hurdle the lawsuit faces is a federal law that shields publishers from liability for the speech of others.

To Facebook, Twitter, Google, and national news media networks, this just isn’t that big of a deal. What is a big deal is “fake news” and the #Pizzagate gunman.

The big three social media platforms have yet to comment on the lawsuits.

The views expressed in this opinion article are solely those of their author and are not necessarily either shared or endorsed by EagleRising.com


About the author

Philip Hodges

Philip Hodges

Phil has been writing about outrageous news and politics since 2012.
He is the Editor at EagleRising.com and has written for Constitution.com, Last Resistance, Political Outcast, and Godfather Politics.

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