Facebook  Is  Being  Sued  For  Aiding  A  Terrorist  Organization

Facebook, the global media giant, was launched in a dorm room by a Harvard dropout named Mark Zuckerberg, who was infamously characterized in the 2010 film, The Social Network, for his social awkwardness, ruthlessness, and arrogance.  

Zuckerburg’s Facebook remains grossly successful and has earned a current net worth of approximately $325 billion dollars according to

Now the relatives of four Israeli-U.S. dual nationals and a visiting U.S. citizen who died in attacks in Tel Aviv, Jerusalem between 2014 and 2016 have recently filed a civil suit against Facebook for $1 billion dollars (you read that right) for aiding Hamas groups.

Hamas groups are considered to be a terrorist organization, and the suit declares Hamas used Facebook to communicate operations and tactical details with each other.  They also went as far as posting notices on everything from roadblocks, to Israeli military actions, to instructions on operatives and how to implement attacks.

The plaintiffs’ Israeli lawyer, Nitsana Darshan-Leitner, says Hamas has formally claimed one of the attacks mentioned in the lawsuit, but that experts have confirmed Hamas was linked to other attacks as well.

Darshan-Leitner went on to claim, “Facebook has knowingly provided material support and resources to Hamas in the form of Facebook’s online social network platform and communication services.”

Now, this may be a bold accusation to imply Facebook was aware of Hamas’ intentions, but the suit explains, “Simply put, Hamas uses Facebook as a tool for engaging in terrorism.” However, it would also be genuinely naïve to assume Facebook does not use specific algorithms to recognize certain words and phrases, and flag any illegal content to higher authorities.

The bottom line is, if the NSA is capable of monitoring the entire American publics’ texts, phone calls and emails, it may be accurate to assume Facebook’s capability is the same.

A Hamas leader replied to the suit by saying, “suing Facebook clearly shows the American policy of fighting freedom of the press and expression.”  Freedom of expression is subjective here when clearly they’re using it as a tool to commit murder.  Although, do you blame #2 pencils, legal pads, and the United States Post Office if the same terrorist threats are handwritten and mailed?

If you’re familiar with the ‘Deep Web’, you might draw a comparison to Facebook and this suit.  If you’re not familiar with it, the Deep Web is a part of the Internet whose contents are not indexed by standard search engines like; Google, Bing, Ask, etc. And it is the go-to place for anything a consumer might need – from drugs and prostitutes that show up at your doorstep like an Amazon package – to hiring a contract killer to murder your worst enemies.

One of the first and more popular Deep Websites was called Silk Road.  In October, the F.B.I. shut down and arrested its owner, Ross William Ulbricht, who was sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole.  Now, obviously Ulbricht faced other charges like money laundering, computer hacking, conspiracy to traffic narcotics, and attempting to have six people killed.  It wasn’t that Ulbricht himself was the pimp, dealer and killer, but his website was the vehicle between his clients and the consumer.  To say these two are exact comparisons is a bit of a stretch, but of course Facebook was the communication vehicle between terrorists.

At this point, Facebook’s suit is a civil court case, but are there grounds for formal criminal charges?

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