Ninth Lawsuit Against Social Media Providers for “Materially Supporting Terrorists” Fails–Clayborn v. Twitter

This is the ninth different case where a court concludes that social media services aren’t liable for providing “material support” to terrorists. This particular litigation involves the San Bernardino shooting, but the underlying incident doesn’t matter much. Instead, the court is governed by the Ninth Circuit’s Fields v. Twitter case, which held that social media services aren’t proximate causes of terrorist attacks. That ruling pretty much dictates this dismissal. So apologies for my light commentary on this case. However, after blogging so many of these cases, there really isn’t much new to say. Here are a few choice blockquotes from the opinion: Direct Liability.  The plaintiffs’ direct-liability claims fail under Fields. The alleged links between ISIS and the shooting are ISIS’s allegedly claiming credit after the fact, Malik’s pledging allegiance to ISIS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, and Farook’s…

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