A lawsuit has been filed in a federal court in California charging Google, Facebook and Twitter for "helping to cause" the 2015 terror attack in San Bernardino that left 14 dead.
The suit was filed on behalf of the families of three of those killed in the San Bernardino attack, which mirrors similar suits filed by the same law firm in cases involving terror attacks in Dallas, TX, and Orlando, FL. The argument is that plaintiffs say the social media giants failed to adequately scrub Islamic State propaganda messages that inspired the terror attacks.
These lawsuits - which, on th surface, present as nuisance lawsuits meant to glean easy money from the social media sphere - have everything to do with the First Amendment to the US Constitution and the Progressive notion of "hate speech."
While inciting violence is against the law - and instructing others how to commit acts of terrorism is inciting violence in the extreme, these lawsuits would have to prove beyond any doubt that the terrorists in each instance acted solely on the content found on the social media websites. There is so much Islamofascist propaganda call-to-arms floating on the Internet that this would be almost impossible to do.
And while Islamofascist propaganda certainly qualifies as "hate speech," the whole of society would have to acknowledge that this same "propaganda" is readily available at your local neighborhood mosque. This acknowledgment would necessarily mandate Quranic teaching as hate speech and the Islamist culture as a culture of hate, exploding the Progressive meme that Islam is a religion of peace.
These lawsuits are either frivolous, a a stroke of genius...