Court rejects lawsuit against Twitter over terror attack

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A federal appeals court has rejected a lawsuit that sought to hold Twitter liable for the deaths of two US contractors, in Jordan, in an attack for which the Islamic State group claimed responsibility.

The 9th US Circuit Court of Appeals said, Wednesday, the lawsuit failed to establish Twitter accounts used by IS directly caused the men’s deaths. The unanimous decision by a three-judge panel upheld a lower court ruling.

It is worth noting that Lloyd Fields and James Creach were shot and killed, in Jordan, in 2015, by a Jordanian police captain while training law enforcement officers.

Their families argued that IS Twitter accounts were a substantial factor in the men’s deaths and that the company should have anticipated attacks.

For his part, Joshua Arisohn, an attorney for the families, says appeals are being considered.

Samira SALAH

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