Families who lost members as terrorist victims in the Orlando shooting are suing Facebook, Twitter, and Google.
Dead terrorist victims show that fake news is a real problem—just not the fake news that the media cares about. USAToday reports,
Facebook, Google and Twitter are being sued by the families of three victims slain in the mass shooting at an Orlando nightclub for allegedly providing “material support” to the Islamic State.
The lawsuit is the latest to target popular Internet services for making it too easy for the Islamic State to spread its message. In June, the family of a California college student killed in last year’s terrorist attacks in Paris sued Facebook, Google and Twitter. Keith Altman, the attorney representing the three families in the Orlando nightclub lawsuit, also represents the family of that student, Nohemi Gonzalez, in the Paris terrorist attacks lawsuit.
The Islamic State, also known as ISIS or ISIL, uses popular Internet services such as Facebook, Twitter and Google’s YouTube to spread propaganda, to attract and train new recruits, to celebrate terrorist attacks and publicize executions.
Wow! I guess Hillary Clinton was right when she said that fake news puts people’s lives at risk. Only she wasn’t talking about ISIS on social media resulting in real deaths. She was talking about alleged fake news stories that allegedly contributed to her historic loss. She was talking about one armed individual who didn’t harm anyone, because he got carried away by internet chatter.
And the media has been trumpeting the alleged danger of alleged fake news since after the election. They really care about that kind of fake news. They want social media to care about it and stop it.
Meanwhile, ISIS has been putting out recruitment material the whole time and they’ve not cared nearly as much about it. Facebook, Google, and Twitter have not received remotely as much attention even though the government takes it very seriously. According to the International Business Times, UK,
The FBI has assassinated more than a dozen of Islamic State’s (IS) most influential social media experts who incited followers to commit terrorist atrocities in the Western world, it has been claimed.
An American and allied forces campaign, aimed at tackling online extremism, targeted a cell known as “the Legion” in a coordinated and secretive mission to undermine IS’s (Daesh) ability to incite attacks by its followers across the globe.
While American military, intelligence and law enforcement officials acknowledge the group’s potent social media influence, they believe their efforts against “the Legion” have significantly reduced IS’s capabilities to order and inspire attacks in Europe and the US.
So why has all the outrage been generated about fake news that supposedly helped Donald Trump win the election? Obviously, no one is really concerned about the lives that are put at risk. The loss of power and the public humiliation that comes from election defeat matters far more to Hillary Clinton and her media friends than dead terrorist victims.