Judge: Suing Social Media Post-Shootings Poses Litigation Risks

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A ruling we can get behind regarding the San Bernardino mass shooting of 2015 which killed 14 people and injured 22 others. There were multiple lawsuits in play against Facebook, Google, and Twitter claiming the sites allowed the Islamic State to flourish using their platforms. Well, a judge has ruled against the plaintiffs, saying:

“A contrary conclusion poses boundless litigation risk and is not tenable given how interconnected communication services are with modern economic and social life,” [U.S. Magistrate Judge Laurel Beeler] wrote.

Beeler dismissed the lawsuits with prejudice, meaning they cannot be filed again, citing other courts’ rejections of similar claims in other cases.

– NBC News, Judge Dismisses Suits Against Facebook, Google, Twitter in San Bernardino Shooting

Remember, our rights are interconnected, too. Allowing lawsuits against social media and web platforms following a mass shooting is a dangerous precedent to set. Good for Judge Beeler.

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