Widows Of ISIS Victims Want Appeals Court To Revive Battle With Twitter

Family members of two people killed by ISIS are appealing a judge's recent decision dismissing a lawsuit against Twitter for allegedly encouraging terrorism.

The widows of Lloyd “Carl” Fields, Jr. and James Damon Creach -- who were both killed by a terrorist last year in Amman, Jordan -- sued Twitter for allegedly providing support to ISIS by allowing members to create accounts on the service.

Earlier this month, U.S. District Court Judge William Orrick in the Northern District of California dismissed the lawsuit, ruling that the Communications Decency Act immunizes Twitter from liability based on users' activity. "In substance, plaintiffs aim to hold Twitter liable as a publisher or speaker of ISIS’s hateful rhetoric," Orrick wrote in a 19-page decision dismissing the case. "Such liability is barred by the CDA."

Late last week, the widows of Fields and Creach filed a notice of appeal with the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals. The family members aren't expected to submit their written arguments until March 2017, at the earliest.

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Twitter, Google and Facebook still face a separate lawsuit over allegations that they assist ISIS. That matter was brought by California resident Reynaldo Gonzalez, whose daughter, Nohemi Gonzalez, was killed in terrorist attacks last year in Paris. That case, which was filed in June, is pending in front of U.S. Magistrate Judge Donna Ryu in Oakland, California.

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