Reynaldo Gonzalez's daughter Nohemi lost her life in the November 2015 massacre
The father of a young woman who was killed in the Paris attacks of November 13th, 2015, has filed a lawsuit against a number of web giants, including Google, Facebook, and Twitter, arguing that the websites and platforms collude in providing “material support” to Islamic extremists to spread terrorist propaganda.
Reynaldo Gonzalez, an American citizen whose daughter Nohemi was studying in Paris and was one of the 130 victims, has filed his lawsuit in northern California, also claiming that social networks offer ISIS the opportunity to recruit new members and raise money, all in violation of terrorism laws. Gonzalez cites a Mirror report that claims that Omar Hussain, the leader of Islamic State, used Facebook to recruit members who launched the series of orchestrated attacks in the French capital in November.
Other evidence offered in the case include tweeted photographs of dead soldiers with the hashtag #AMessageFromISIStoUS and beheading videos posted to the video-sharing platform YouTube, owned by Google.
Gonzalez’s suit is not the first such claim, as a Florida woman Tamara Fields filed a lawsuit against Twitter in January. Fields’ husband was killed by a lone wolf IS terrorist in Amman, Jordan, also in November 2015, and Fields sued Twitter for damages. “Without Twitter, the explosive growth of IS over the last few years into the most-feared terrorist group in the world would not have been possible,” she wrote.
Twitter rejected Fields’ claims, saying: “While we believe the lawsuit is without merit, we are deeply saddened to hear of this family’s terrible loss. Like many 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.”
In response to Reynaldo Gonzalez’s lawsuit, lawyers representing each of the defendants have strongly refuted any claim of liability on their behalf.