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Another Day, Another Material Support Suit Against a Social Media Company

There are two big questions in these cases: Does CDA § 230 really mean that a social media company is categorically immune from liability for knowingly permitting terrorists to organize and plot on their platforms? And if not, what standard of causation does a plaintiff have to meet in order to hold a social media company liable for an attack by a terrorist group that does some of its organizing online?

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Another Material Support Suit Against Social Media Companies

Last week saw another lawsuit filed against social media companies for alleged materially supporting terrorists by providing service to ISIS. Here's the AP story on the lawsuit:

NEW YORK (AP) — The father of a young woman killed in the Paris massacre last November is suing Google, Facebook and Twitter, claiming that the companies provided "material support" to extremists in violation of the law.

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Not Quite Making it to Syria: A Tale of Two Failed ISIS Recruits

This week, the federal district courts in both the Southern District of New York and the Northern District of Texas confronted ISIS’s ability to recruit Americans to travel overseas to join and fight for the caliphate.

First, on Wednesday in Texas, an Iraqi-born citizen who had previously traveled to Syria and returned to the U.S., reached the end of his journey when he was sentenced to four years in prison for making a false statement to a federal agency under 18 U.S.C. § 1001. 

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