Judge: Tech firms can’t be held responsible for San Bernardino shooting

A lawsuit that argued Facebook, Twitter and Google should be held partly responsible for a 2015 mass shooting in San Bernardino was dismissed by a judge on Monday. The suit argued that as terrorists were able to communicate using the platforms, the firms were liable. Not so, Reuters reports:

“A contrary conclusion poses boundless litigation risk and is not tenable given how interconnected communication services are with modern economic and social life,” the judge wrote.

Beeler also found no liability for aiding and abetting terrorism under the 2016 Justice Against Sponsors of Terrorism Act (JASTA), finding allegations only that the companies were “generally aware” that Islamic State used their services.

Not a surprising ruling. Since then, the firms have got a lot better (read: quicker) at getting rid, or blocking, this kind of chatter on the platform – though the knock-on effect has been, as you might have predicted, terrorists moving to less visible platforms to organise.