A lawyer who earned his degree through a correspondence course and works for a company called 1-800-LAW-FIRM may seem like an odd choice to lead a series of potentially precedent-setting lawsuits against some of the world’s most powerful social media companies. But judging Keith Altman by his resume would be underestimating the 49-year-old lawyer and his quest to make tech giants like Facebook, Twitter and Google liable for allegedly providing “material support” to followers of terror groups who commit mass murder. “These cases seem impossible but they can have a real impact,” Altman told Fox News. “This is about holding these companies accountable for allowing terrorists to radicalize people through social media channels.” Altman’s ambitious effort to take on the social media giants has been […]
The family of a California man killed in the Barcelona terror attack filed a lawsuit Wednesday against Google, Facebook and Twitter, alleging the tech giants played a role in “aiding, abetting and knowingly providing support and resources” to the Islamic State group. The three daughters of Jared Tucker, who was among the 13 people killed in the August 17 attack, are plaintiffs in the lawsuit. They are represented by their mother and legal guardian Danelle Sinclair. Tucker, 42, of Walnut Creek, was in Europe with his wife, Heidi Nunes-Tucker, celebrating their first wedding anniversary. Read the full story here.
DETROIT – Social media and terrorism were the subject of a hearing Wednesday morning in Detroit federal court. A lawsuit claims Google, Facebook and Twitter need to be held accountable for allowing ISIS and other groups to use their platforms to generate terror attacks. ISIS recruits and sends messages daily to its jihadi soldiers using social media. A lawsuit is claiming the social media companies allow it to happen and look the other way, even though aiding and abetting terrorism is against the law. Read the full story here.
LONG BEACH, Calif. (KGO) — She’s the only American victim of the terror attacks in Paris two years ago. Now, the I-Team is digging into a lawsuit her family has filed against one of the biggest names in tech. “What point even did the terrorists make,” asks the plaintiff’s attorney Robert Tolchin. “What was the point that was worth killing this young girl?” Outrage over the terrorist killing of Cal State Long Beach student Nohemi Gonzalez in Paris has led to a lawsuit against Google and its media platform, YouTube. The accusation — the company provided “material support” to ISIS. The two sides battled it out in Oakland Federal Court Thursday afternoon. Read the full story here.