A Florida woman by name Tamara Fields who lost her husband in a terrorist attack is suing Twitter for allowing ISIS use its platform to carry out their activities by giving them the ability to maintain official Twitter accounts.
In her complaint filed on Wednesday via Reuters,
“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”
This is not the first time someone is suing the company, last month, the Turkish government fined the company $50,000 for refusing to remove a terrorist propaganda.
According to a spokesperson for Twitter,
“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.”
So why are they not deleting these accounts immediately?
Right from the onset, the company forbade users from promoting terrorism but expanded its definition of terrorism last year. Right now, the company depends on its user base to report such activity. According to another report, the company perpetually suspends accounts with links to terrorist groups, but only when it becomes aware of them.
Can they do a better job? Of course they can, since it might be cumbersome deleting accounts, they can use a software that will help delete tweets with keywords relating to terrorism or having really graphic photos relating to terrorism.