9th Circ. Mulls Congress' Role In Google, Facebook Oversight

Law360 (March 26, 2020, 9:02 PM EDT) -- A Ninth Circuit judge on Thursday questioned whether the families of terrorist attack victims have standing to allege Facebook, Google and Twitter violated the Anti-Terrorism Act by aiding terrorism, saying the issues are "broad societal problems" that may need to be addressed by Congress.

During the lengthy hearing, which was aired on YouTube, U.S. Circuit Judge Ronald M. Gould pointed out that many of the issues raised by the terrorist attack victims in their efforts to revive their lawsuits were caused by videos being displayed on social media after the act of terrorism.

"Although publicity of the terrorist act can cause...

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