A widow of an American man killed in 2015 in a terror attack in Jordan claimed by ISIS is suing Twitter for allowing the terrorist group to spread its message, citing ISIS’ “unfettered ability to maintain official Twitter accounts.”
Tamara Fields, who lost her husband Lloyd on Nov. 9 in the shooting attack, filed the suit against the struggling social media giant Wednesday, Reuters reports. Lloyd “Carl” Fields was one of five killed by a police officer in a “lone wolf” attack; he was a government contractor.
“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 complaint stated.
The suit claims that Twitter allowed ISIS to use their site to recruit and that they were completely aware. It is also looking for monetary damages and could give the company a taste of the precedent-setting ruling under the United States’ Anti-Terrorism Act, Fox News reports.
The ruling could be responsible for making “Twitter accountable not only to governments looking to contain terrorist speech online, but also liable to families affected by that activity. It would also, no doubt, have implications far beyond Twitter, putting tech companies across Silicon Valley on warning,” according to Fox.
The San Francisco-based company said in response to the suit, “While we believe the lawsuit is without merit, we are deeply saddened to hear of this family’s terrible loss.”
“Violent threats and the promotion of terrorism deserve no place on Twitter and, like other social networks, our rules make that clear,” the company added.
This is not the social media company’s first run-in with fines. Wired reported that a month before the lawsuit, Twitter was fined $50,000 by the Turkish government to remove content considered to be “terrorist propaganda.”