Supreme Court Rules Twitter Did Not Aid and Abet Terrorism in Recent Case
In the case of Gonzalez v. Google, the court dismissed the complaint filed by the family of a woman killed in a terrorist attack who accused Google of recommending terrorist content on YouTube, Adi Robertson reports for The Verge. The court’s ruling was influenced by a separate but related case, Twitter v. Taamneh, in which it found that Twitter had not aided and abetted terrorism. Justice Clarence Thomas, authoring the opinion, stated that the claims against Twitter and Google were insufficient to establish their involvement in supporting ISIS. The decision was applauded by civil liberties activists who emphasized the importance of Section 230 in preserving user access to online platforms. The case highlights the Supreme Court’s reluctance to re-examine Section 230 and its interest in future cases concerning internet moderation laws.