Recently, family members of victims of terror attacks filed a series of
lawsuits against social media companies such as Twitter, Facebook, and
Google. In Fields v. Twitter, the widow of an American killed in Amman,
Jordan, sued Twitter for providing “material support” to the Islamic State of
Iraq and Syria (ISIS) by “knowingly and recklessly provid[ing] ISIS with
accounts on its social network.” Following Fields, in Gonzalez v. Google,
Inc., the family of a woman killed in the November 2015 terrorist attack in
Paris sued Google for “knowingly permit[ting] terrorist group ISIS to use their
social networks,” and enabling them to carry out various terror attacks.
These lawsuits bring to the forefront new issues surrounding intermediary liability,
and raise the important question of whether social media companies should be
liable, as intermediaries, for the illegal actions of their users.

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