Thursday August 11, 2016

Judge Dismisses Suit Accusing Twitter Of Supporting Terrorists

A federal judge has dismissed a lawsuit against Twitter accusing the company of supporting terrorists. The judge ruled that Twitter is simply the platform for the speech, not the one creating the speech and cannot be held liable.

The judge agreed with Twitter that the company cannot be held liable because it wasn’t the speaker of Isis’s hateful rhetoric. Federal law protects service providers that merely offer platforms for speech, without creating the speech itself. "As horrific as these deaths were ... Twitter cannot be treated as a publisher or speaker of Isis’s hateful rhetoric and is not liable under the facts alleged," US district Judge William H Orrick wrote Wednesday.