Heard an interesting topic on the Tom Sullivan show today on the radio.
Apparently the father of a young woman murdered in the Paris terrorist attack – the only American – is suing Facebook, Google and Twitter .
The suit is “not about money,” the family’s attorney, Keith Altman, told NBC News. “Google shares the profits with ISIS and these extremist groups. By their terms of service, in order to you on YouTube (a Google subsidiary), you have to submit your articles for monetization to Google. Then they start putting ads on our pages and sharing revenue with you.”
Gonzalez, 23, of El Monte, California, a student at California State University-Long Beach, was among 130 people who were killed Nov. 13 in coordinated attacks across Paris. ISIS claimed responsibility.
The suit claims Twitter, Facebook and Google — through its YouTube service — provided “material support” to ISIS without which “the explosive growth of ISIS over the last few years into the most-feared terrorist group in the world would not have been possible.”
“This material support has been instrumental to the rise of ISIS and has enabled it to carry out numerous terrorist attacks, including the Nov. 13, 2015, attacks in Paris where more than 125 were killed, including Nohemi Gonzalez,” the suit claims.
I’ll have to say I joined Facebook rather reluctantly. In fact, my only reason for joining was the fellow on the masthead here. And that is pretty much where I have stayed.
A few days ago I was telling the group there about a current movie that I saw, and that in the best literary prose I could muster at the time, said that the ending “sucked”.
Apparently the software that processes every Facebook comment didn’t like the word “sucked”, and the comment was not posted. Either that or they didn’t like the movie . (Which, don’t get me wrong, I liked the movie for 90% of the play).
I thought it a bit ironic that my benign comment was censured while groups advocating the murder of others apparently post at will. As long as they use the right words?
While groups such as ISIS should be easy to censure, what about other groups? What should be the criteria?
As Tom said today, imagine during WW2 Tokyo Rose being given unfettered access to all American radio stations.
But then half of the country doesn’t believe we are at war.