Google and Facebook sued for ‘helping’ Pulse nightclub shooter

The core of the article is that Omar Mateen used Google and Facebook to become radicalized and to find out the best way to complete a home grown terrorist attack. Both companies are saying they had nothing to do with the attack. He was a grown man who decided to do evil. Also by law they covered by Section 230 of the federal Communications Decency Act. This law basically says that unless you are moderating every comment and website for intent you are not responsible for the post or the content of the website.

Opinion

This lawsuit and fake new filtering has just opened Pandora’s box on two points:

Point 1: Not Guilty

Google, Facebook, and other social media websites are safe in this case for now.  You can’t control what other people say on your service or what you index from other websites.The federal Communications Decency Act gives nearly complete immunity.  This mainly is because people still have abandoned (zombie) websites running that they’re not moderating.

Right now those comment sections are mainly ad bait.  However someone from a violent hate group like ISIS could be posting propaganda or coded messages to trigger events. The website is on something like AngelFire or Google Sites is no longer maintained.  Who is at fault?  It’s not owner because they didn’t do the posts and they’re not doing the hosting.  The evil people did the evil deed.

Point 2: Law of Unintended Consequences

This protection could be going away.  With all these ‘fake news’ laws and guidelines going into effect all these websites as now doing professing strict filtering of their content.  Now that they ARE managing their content they may not longer be under the protection of the Communications Decency Act.  The CDA protects you if you are NOT actively filterer or only doing minimum filtering.

They are now supposedly doing strict filtering. So Google, Facebook, Twitter, MySpace (had toss that in there), ect. are no longer covered by this act.  So by being political correct they’ve cut their own throats for the future lawsuit.

Citation

Google, Facebook and Twitter are facing a lawsuit filed by the families of three victims killed by Pulse nightclub gunman Omar Mateen in Orlando. The plaintiffs are accusing the tech titans of providing “material support” to Mateen, who was known to have pledged allegiance to ISIS and its leader. According to their lawsuit, the families are suing the companies for allowing the terrorist group to create accounts to raise funds and to spread propaganda with the intention of attracting new recruits.

The material support these tech giants provide, the lawsuit says, “has been instrumental to the rise of ISIS and has enabled it to carry out or cause to be carried out, numerous terrorist attacks.” In addition, the plaintiffs are accusing the companies of profiting from ISIS-related posts by combining them with advertisements and of violating the Anti-Terrorism Act in the United States.

Source: Engadget

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