Twitter Inc has been sued by a US widow, accusing the social network of providing voice to the Islamic State (ISIS), fueling the growth of the terror group.
According to Russia Today, Tamara Fields, widow of Lloyd who died in the Nov. 9 attack on the police training center in Amman, said that Twitter deliberately let the militant group use its network to spread propaganda, raise money and attract recruits.
“Without Twitter, the explosive growth of ISIS over the last few years into the most-feared terrorist group in the world would not have been possible,” the complainant said.
According to the Wall Street Journal, the suit details regarding ISIS activity on Twitter claim that as of December 2014, there were roughly 70,000 ISIS-related Twitter accounts, of which at least 79 were “official” and tweeted 90 times a minute.
Regarding the suit, a spokesperson for Twitter said, “While we believe the lawsuit is without merit, we are deeply saddened to hear of this family’s terrible loss. Like people around the world, we are horrified by the atrocities perpetrated by extremist groups and their ripple effects on the Internet. Violent threats and the promotion of terrorism deserve no place on Twitter and, like other social networks, our rules make that clear.”
ISIS is known for using social media to recruit people particularly foreigners into the organization, which has raised concerns in the social and political circles. Last Friday, US President Barack Obama announced he will set up a task force to curb the terrorist organization’s online activity.
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