January 31, 2018 Practice Points

Twitter Held Not Liable for the Acts of Twitter

The Ninth Circuit has held that Twitter is not liable for the acts of Twitter.

By Sanford Hausler

The Ninth Circuit has held that Twitter is not liable for the acts of Twitter. The plaintiffs in Fields v. Twitter, No. 16-17165 (9th Cir. Jan. 31, 2018) had alleged that Twitter was liable under the Anti-Terrorism Act by providing material support to ISIS. The alleged support provided by ISIS was the provision of Twitter accounts and direct-messaging services. The district court dismissed the action and the Ninth Circuit affirmed, finding that the plaintiffs had not made an adequate showing of proximate cause.

 

Sanford Hausler is of counsel with Cox Padmore Skolnik & Shakarchy LLP in New York, New York.


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