Twitter sued for helping ISIS

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A US widow has filed a lawsuit against Twitter accusing the social network of facilitating communication between terrorists and fueling the growth of Islamic State (IS, formerly ISIS/ISIL).

Twitter has knowingly permitted IS to spread propaganda and recruit members, she said.

The lawsuit was filed in the federal court in Oakland, California on Wednesday.

“Without Twitter, the explosive growth of ISIS over the last few years into the most-feared terrorist group in the world would not have been possible,” she said in a complaint.

Tamara Fields’ husband, Lloyd Fields, was killed in a shooting spree at a Jordanian police training center in November. IS later claimed responsibility for the attack.

“While we believe the lawsuit is without merit, we are deeply saddened to hear of this family’s terrible loss,” Twitter said in a statement.