The U.S. Supreme Court confirmed on Thursday that Google, Facebook and Twitter cannot be held accountable by victims of attacks that accuse the sites of aiding ISIS by spreading its propaganda.

The Supreme Court decision marks a major victory for the three tech giants.

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The Supreme Court made its decision without entering into a broader debate about a law that has protected tech groups from lawsuits over the content they post online for a quarter of a century.

The US Supreme Court ruled in two separate cases.

In the first case, the parents of a young American woman killed in the November 2015 Paris attacks filed a complaint against Google, the parent company of YouTube, accusing her of supporting the spread of ISIS by offering her videos to some users.

In the second case, relatives of the victim of the Istanbul nightclub attack on 1 January 2017 said that Facebook, Twitter and Google could be considered “involved” in the attack because their efforts to remove ISIS content were not “resolute”. enough.

“The fact that the perpetrators are profiting from these platforms is not sufficient to establish that the defendants intentionally provided substantial assistance and thereby helped these organizations,” Judge Clarence Thomas wrote in a unanimous judgment.
“We have concluded that the applicants’ allegations are not sufficient to prove that the defendants helped ISIS carry out the attack,” he wrote.

The Supreme Court considered that it had enough arguments and did not enter into a discussion on “article 230” and “refused” to study this law, which dates back to 1996 and is considered one of the pillars of the rise of the Internet.

The text notes that technology companies cannot be considered “publishers” and do not have legal immunity to content published on their platforms.

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Clayton Turner is a news reporter and copy editor for 24PalNews. Born and raised in Virginia, Clayton graduated from Virginia Tech’s Frank Batten School of Leadership and Public Policy and majored in journalism.

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