Facebook Sued; Accused of Giving Hamas A Platform

Christine Rousselle
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Posted: Jul 13, 2016 12:00 PM
Facebook Sued; Accused of Giving Hamas A Platform

Facebook is being sued for $1 billion by the family members of five people killed in terrorist attacks in Israel. They allege that Facebook has given a platform to Hamas, which constitutes as "material support" for the group. Additionally, the suit claims that Hamas has used Facebook as a means to facilitate and carry out attacks.

“Facebook has knowingly provided material support and resources to Hamas in the form of Facebook’s online social network and communication services,” says the suit, filed Sunday in New York. “Hamas has used and relied on Facebook’s online social network platform and communications services as among its most important tools to facilitate and carry out its terrorist activity, including the terrorist attacks in which Hamas murdered and injured victims and their families in this case.

“For years, Hamas, its leaders, spokesmen and members have openly maintained and used official Facebook accounts with little or no interference,” it adds.

A similar suit was filed by one of the family members of a victim of the November 2015 attack in Paris.