Lawyers have filed a $1 billion lawsuit against Facebook, citing that the social media platform allowed Hamas to use their services as a planning and logistics tool to carry out attacks that resulted in the loss of Israeli and American lives.
According to the lawsuit sent to Bloomberg, “Facebook has knowingly provided material support and resources to Hamas in the form of Facebook’s online social network platform and communication services,” and thus makes them liable for the violence against five Americans.
However, senior Hamas leader Mushir al-Masri says that “suing Facebook clearly shows the American policy of fighting freedom of the press and expression” and is a clear case of American discrimination against the “just cause” of Hamas.
Facebook says they want “people to feel safe” when using Facebook.
“There is no place for content encouraging violence, direct threats, terrorism or hate speech on Facebook,” the company said when asked for comment on the case. “We have a set of Community Standards to help people understand what is allowed on Facebook, and we urge people to use our reporting tools if they find content that they believe violates our standards so we can investigate and take swift action.”
Facebook has -on occasion- taken a stand against such behaviour on their website. In March, the company took down a page promoting a Palestinian uprising against Israel, claiming it violated their policies by making “direct calls for violence.”
The suit was submitted to the US District Court for the Southern District of New York on Sunday, with plaintiffs including the families of those who were affected by Hamas violence.
In February of last year, a jury of the same court ruled against the Palestinian Authority and Palestine Liberation organization, who aided in several attacks over a decade ago. The groups were ordered to pay $218.5 million to the victims and families, with the damages tripled under a US anti-terror law.
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