The US Supreme Court rejected complaints against the platforms over terrorist content

Update: 18.05.2023 17:33

Washington – The US Supreme Court today ruled in favor of major technology companies in a pair of lawsuits in which the plaintiffs called for social networks to be held responsible for terrorist attacks related to the spread of Islamist content. Reuters reported on the verdicts. But the U.S. Supreme Court also completely avoided reviewing a federal rule that grants Internet services broad immunity from user-uploaded content, she said.

The cases of Gonzalez v. Google and Twitter v. Taamneh stem from complaints by the families of two victims of terrorist attacks in 2015 and 2017. The relatives blamed the social networks YouTube, Twitter and Facebook for the violence because they spread propaganda of the Islamic State, which was behind the attacks. However, social networks in the US are protected in such cases by a legal norm from 1996 known as “Section 230”, which, with some exceptions, relieves website operators of responsibility for content uploaded by users.

The discussion of the cases gave rise to speculation that the Supreme Court could limit or even cancel this legal regulation, which is essential for the existence of today’s social networks. However, nothing of the sort has happened yet, as the judges in the short, unsigned verdict in the Gonzalez v. Google case stated that they did not want to comment on the standard.

According to TV NBC News said it follows a ruling in the second case where the issue was not directly Section 230, but allegations that the platforms violated federal anti-terrorism law. The Supreme Court unanimously decided that lawsuits of this type are not admissible at all.

“The lawsuits against both YouTube and Twitter will likely be thrown off the table without the courts having to deal with the Section 230 issue,” writes NBC News.

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