Google, Facebook, Twitter accused of aiding San Bernardino terror attack

Updated 2017-05-05 10:30:30 Xinhua

Families of victims of the San Bernardino terror attack filed a lawsuit Wednesday in a California federal court against Google, Twitter and Facebook, accusing the social-networking companies of helping cause the 2015 terror attack in southern California that left 14 dead.

The lawsuit filed in U.S. District Court for the Southern District of California on behalf of the families of three of those killed in the 2015 attack at a Christmas party, blames the three tech giants for allowing the Islamic State group to build an outsized online presence, according to local media reports.

The relatives of victims said the online content posted on the companies' platforms fueled the radicalization of terrorists, according to Los Angeles times.

"For years, Defendants have knowingly and recklessly provided the terrorist group ISIS with accounts to use its social networks as a tool for spreading extremist propaganda, raising funds, and attracting new recruits," states the lawsuit.

"Without Defendants Twitter, Facebook, and Google (YouTube), the explosive growth of ISIS over the last few years into the most feared terrorist group in the world would not have been possible," local media cited the complaint.

Even if the perpetrators "had never been directly in contact with ISIS, ISIS' use of social media directly influenced their actions on the day of the San Bernardino massacre," the lawsuit states.

The suit mirrors similar others across the United States filed by the same law firm in cases involving attacks in Dallas and Orlando. However, similar lawsuits against social media companies have been dismissed by courts citing law that immunizes online service providers from liability over user postings.

In a statement to, a Facebook spokesperson said the company was "committed to providing a service where people feel safe" when using Facebook.

On Dec. 2, 2015, Syed Rizwan Farook and his wife Tashfeen Malik, opened fire on a holiday gathering at the Inland Regional Center in San Bernardino with long rifles, killing 14 people and injuring 21 others.

The couple died in a shootout with police hours later. Both killers were believed to have been radicalized before the massacre.

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