Supreme Court Won’t Hear Suit Saying Facebook Helped With Hamas Attack
The U.S. Supreme Court said no thanks this week to a case involving allegations that Facebook provided material support to terrorists.
Filed in 2016 by the families of four people killed and one person injured in an attack carried out by Hamas in Israel, the lawsuit claimed that Hamas “used and relied on Facebook’s online social network platform and communications services as among its most important tools to facilitate and carry out its terrorist activity.”
The case, Force v. Facebook, is one of many seeking to hold the social media company accountable for terrorist acts. Such lawsuits turn on claims that by allowing people to post and read certain sorts of content, to meet and interact with people who may radicalize them, or to communicate privately about terrorist plans, Facebook is guilty of knowingly providing material support to terrorists.
Similar suits have been filed against Twitter and YouTube. And judges have routinely granted tech companies’ motions to dismiss these suits, generally based on the fact that federal law prohibits laws
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