Anti-terrorism attorneys, Ari Kresch and Keith Altman explain the lawsuit and the intricacies of the litigation. Special thanks goes to our associates at LEVICK who helped with the creation of this video. LEVICK is one of the world’s leading independent strategic communications, public affairs, and business advisory consulting firms.
Gonzalez vs. Google, Twitter and Facebook
Among the 130 murdered in the November 2015 Paris attacks was 23-year-old Nohemi Gonzalez. It was an act of terror that reverberated worldwide, both in unity for the victims and their families, and in fear of the fastest growing terrorist movement to date: ISIS.
In recent years, ISIS has achieved a level of prosperity that would have been virtually unattainable without the aid of social media platforms, namely Facebook, Twitter, and Google's YouTube. ISIS and other emerging terrorist groups depend on these Western social media platforms to coordinate attacks, recruit new members, disseminate propaganda, and raise funds. Together with 1-800-LAW-FIRM, Nohemi Gonzalez’s grieving father, Reynaldo Gonzalez, is bringing a lawsuit against said social media giants for providing material support that has contributed to the wildfire growth of ISIS, and ultimately, to the murder of his daughter.
As a platform for global communication, these social networks are used to organize and inspire acts of terror and violence, claiming countless innocent lives—including but not limited to those in Paris, and more recently in Orlando. What’s more, is that while they say they are making every effort to curtail this type terrorist activity, Facebook, Twitter and Google still generate ads associated with these posts and collecting the revenue. And in at least the case of YouTube, part of that revenue may even be shared with the terrorists themselves through Google’s AdSense.
In June 2014, Reynaldo Gonzalez filed a lawsuit in federal court naming Google, Twitter and Facebook as defendants for providing material support to the terrorist group ISIS. This lawsuit alleges that the defendants knowingly permitted ISIS to use their platforms for recruiting purposes, spreading propaganda and raising funds to carry-out terror attacks. Defending Mr. Gonzalez are Ari Kresch and Keith Altman of 1-800-LAW-FIRM. Read the full complaint here.
In the words of Nohemi Gonzalez’s grieving father, Reynaldo, “How many more innocent people need to die before Google, Facebook and Twitter are prohibited from making money off of terrorist propaganda? It is bad enough that I lost my daughter at the prime of her life, but to think that she died in vain is even more disturbing. I filed this lawsuit to save others from terrorists that rely on social media to plan their attacks on innocent people.” Though nothing can ever undo the tragedy that the Gonzalez family has endured, Gonzalez is hopeful that this lawsuit will prevent future tragedies in which Facebook, Twitter and Google are accomplices to ISIS.
Orlando Family Members vs. Google, Twitter and Facebook
The family members of Tevin Crosby, Juan Guerrero and Javier Jorge-Reyes filed lawsuits in federal court on Monday, December 19, naming Google, Facebook and Twitter as defendants for providing material support to the terrorist group ISIS.
25-year-old Crosby, 22-year-old Guerrero and 40-year-old Reyes were murdered by ISIS inspired shooter, Omar Mateen at Pulse, a popular gay nightclub in Orlando, Florida on June 12, 2016. 49 people tragically lost their lives in what is now known as one of the worst mass shootings in U.S history.
Mateen was radicalized by consuming ISIS propaganda that was readily available on YouTube (Google), Twitter and Facebook. He identified himself as an Islamic soldier and pledged his allegiance to the Islamic State while on a call with police negotiators during the Pulse nightclub attack.
The complaint includes intelligence that in addition to providing ISIS with a platform to radicalize, recruit and plan attacks, Google, Twitter and Facebook are using ISIS’ posts to create new content. This content is created by combining ISIS posts with advertisements selected by the defendants. Once these posts and advertisements are combined, this newly created content is being served to specific viewers who have a propensity towards that particular content.
Representing the families are Keith Altman and Ari Kresch of 1-800-LAW-FIRM of Southfield, Michigan. Altman and Kresch are also the attorneys representing Reynaldo Gonzalez, the father of Nohemi Gonzalez, the American victim killed in the ISIS terror attack in Paris, France.