The widow of a U.S. defense contractor who was killed by ISIS filed a federal lawsuit against Twitter Wednesday, alleging that it allows terror groups to use the social media platform. In the lawsuit,Tamara Fields, whose husband Lloyd Fields Jr. was gunned down last November while working in Jordan in an attack that ISIS took credit for, said “Twitter has knowingly permitted the terrorist group ISIS to use its social network as a tool for spreading extremist propaganda, raising funds and attracting new recruits.” The lawsuit goes on to say that Twitter’s inaction has allowed ISIS become the world’s most feared terror group. Fields’ suit cites 90,000 Twitter accounts used by ISIS, saying that 79 of them are official.
It’s not the first lawsuit brought against Twitter over terrorists’ uses of the site. In December, the country of Turkey fined Twitter for refusing to take down content that the government deemed “terrorist propaganda.” Twitter refused and countersued. A spokesman for the social media platform issued a statement on Wednesday saying the company believes the lawsuit lacks merit, but “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,” the statement said, adding that Twitter has teams around the world working with law enforcement to identify and remove content that violates its terms of service.
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