Twitter has banned Breitbart News reporter Milo Yiannopoulos and investor Martin Shrkeli but continues to allow tweets by terrorist organizations. However, the popular social media website continues to allow incitement to terrorism on its pages without such a reaction. Yiannopoulos had frequently tweeted about the duplicity of feminists, progressives, and BlackLivesMatter, while Shkreli was a frequent critic of government intervention in business. The lawsuit may prove that Twitter has a dual track policy with regard to free expression.
Shurat Hadin, an Israeli legal organization, has filed suit on behalf of the families of two American victims of the terrorist attacks by the Islamic State in Paris and Brussels. The suit claims that Twitter served as a platform for ISIS terrorists for the planning and coordination of the attacks that claimed the lives of 200 people and injured hundreds more.
Attorney Nitzana Darshan-Leitner of Shurat Hadin is representing the two families. She told Israeli media website Arutz that this lawsuit is the first to demonstrate and document how Twitter had a “leading role in turning ISIS into the most fearsome terror organization” and how ISIS used the website with the two attacks. Darshan-Leitner said that Twitter refuses to cut off its services, having claimed that “‘all Twitterers should be allowed to twitter without disturbance.’”
The lawsuit has been submitted to the District Federal Court in southern New York State. It is demanding compensation for the murders of Alexander (Alex) Pinczowski (29), who was killed in the Brussels ISIS suicide bombing of March 2016, and Nohemi Gonzalez (23), who was murdered by an ISIS terrorist in Paris in November 2015.
The lawsuit, (Cain v. Twitter, Inc), seeks to show that ISIS used Twitter and its specific applications and hashtags to multiply every Twitter statement and enableddthe systematic conscription of new members to global terror. Darshan-Leitner said that "the lawsuit reveals direct connections between Twitter and terror, and when justice will be done in this case it will compel Twitter, together with other organizations, to internalize that supporting terror doesn't pay."
The Shurat Hadin organization has won a number of verdicts totaling over a billion dollars to compensate the victims of terrorism.
In the case of Yiannopoulos, Twitter banned him for life for lampooning the performance of an actress in a remake of the "Ghostbusters" movie, while Shkreli was suspended for supposedly harassing a journalist online.