What just happened? Meta, the parent company of Facebook, is suing the sister of a federal security guard killed in a passing car bombardment in 2020. The lawsuit alleges that the social network was responsible for connecting the two individuals accused of the incident and helping to plan for the incident. attack.
Dave Patrick Underwood was shot and killed outside the federal building and courthouse in Oakland, California, in May 2020. His sister Angela Underwood Jacobs has filed an application a complaint in the Alameda County Supreme Court, which claims the shooting “was not an accidental act of violence,” but “the culmination of an extremist conspiracy conceived and planned on Facebook by two men who Meta connected through the infrastructure of Facebook groups and using algorithms designed and designed to increase user engagement ”.
The two men accused in the case were associated with the anti-government Bugaloo movement, which Facebook banned from its platform in June 2020, the site said. Engadget… The ban was prompted by “active propaganda of violence against civilians, law enforcement agencies, government officials and institutions.”
The lawsuit will challenge controversial section 230 of the Communications Integrity Act, a 1996 statute that states that an interactive computer service cannot be held responsible for third-party content as it is not the publisher of that material. Joe Biden said he wants to repeal or rewrite Section 230 back in early 2020, and that was the main focus when Facebook, Twitter and Google testified before Congress last year.
“Facebook is responsible for killing my brother,” Jacobs said in a statement. “Facebook deliberately promoted inflammatory and violent content and tapped into the extremists who planned and carried out the murder of my brother. Facebook must be held accountable for the harm it has caused not only to my family, but to many others by promoting extremist content and promoting algorithms to actively recruit members to its web platform. ”
One of the claims made by Facebook informant Francis Haugen (see above) was that the platform knowingly encouraged and promoted extremist content – an accusation led by Jacobs’ lawyer Ted Leopold.
“We believe and intend to show that Facebook’s behavior has led to an increase in extremism around the world and acts of violence in the real world, including the assassination of Officer Underwood,” Leopold said.
A Meta spokesman told The New York Times that the claims were “without legal basis” and that the company “has banned more than 1,000 paramilitary social movements.”
Facebook has been accused for years of failing to remove extremist content that could incite violence. In 2016, an Israeli minister called the company a “monster”, claiming it was partially to blame for the deaths of two 13-year-olds. Most recently, Rohingya refugees sued Facebook for genocide in Myanmar, in which it allegedly allowed the platform to incite hatred.