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Brussels, Paris terror attacks' kin sue Twitter for ISIS help

New York, Jan 11, 2017, (PTI) 14:27 IST
Brussels attack. Reuters file photo
Families of two Americans killed in terror attacks in Brussels and Paris have sued Twitter, accusing the micro-blogging site of being a "tool and weapon of terrorism", a media report said.

Alexander Pinczowski of New York was killed along with his sister Sascha Pinczowski in the Brussels terror attack in March last year.

His wife Anne Cameron Cain accused Twitter of aiding and abetting ISIS by acting as the terror group's communication, recruiting and marketing arm, New York Post reported.
Cain has filed suit in federal court in Manhattan.

The new lawsuit calls the social media giant a "tool and a weapon of terrorism", the post reported. "ISIS has also used Twitter's Direct Messaging capabilities for fundraising and operational purposes," the lawsuit said.

Cain was joined in the Manhattan federal lawsuit by family members of Nohemi Gonzalez, a California woman who died in the 2015 Paris attack in which 130 people were killed.

"The conduct of Twitter was a direct, foreseeable and proximate cause of the wrongful deaths of Nohemi Gonzalez, Alexander Pinczowski," the lawsuit said.

The families of Pinczowski and Gonzalez are seeking unspecified damages to be determined at trial.

This is not the first time Twitter has been blamed for its use by terrorists. Legal action was initiated against Twitter, Facebook and Google following the Orlando nightclub shooting in June last year.

Gonazalez's family had also filed lawsuit against Twitter, Google and Facebook last year in San Francisco.

All of the lawsuits accuse Silicon Valley companies of not doing enough to stop terrorists from using its service to expand their reach.

In August last year, Twitter indicated that it had closed some 360,000 accounts for promoting terrorism.

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