- The Washington Times - Thursday, June 16, 2016

Twitter has won — for now — a legal battle brought by attorneys for a woman who says the social media service is responsible in part for a 2015 terror attack that resulted in her husband’s death.

U.S. District Judge William Orrick said Wednesday that he was dismissing a class-action lawsuit filed against Twitter on behalf of lead plaintiff Tamara Fields, a Florida woman who became widowed when a “lone wolf” terrorist opened fire inside a police training center last November in Amman, Jordan.

In the initial complaint filed against Twitter in January, attorneys for the woman accused the company of contributing to the rise of the Islamic State terror group, also known as ISIS, by failing to keep extremists off its service.

There was “no doubt” Twitter “permitted ISIS to spread its lies and plan its attacks,” an attorney for the woman told the court during Wednesday’s hearing, Bloomberg News reported.

In issuing a decision, however, the federal judge said he couldn’t find a link between Twitter and Anwar Abu Zaid, a 28-year-old Jordanian police captain who conducted the attack.

“I just don’t see causation under the Antiterrorism Act,” he said, according to Courthouse News. “There’s no allegation that ISIS used Twitter to recruit Zaid.”

Islamic State and its sympathizers have previously been accused of operating tens of thousands of social media accounts across various online platforms, and CIA Director John Brennan referenced Twitter, as well as Tumblr and Telegram, while testifying before Congress on Wednesday with regards to the terror group’s success in disseminating propaganda.

Despite the group’s reliance on social media, however, Twitter attorney Seth Waxman rejected claims during Wednesday’s court hearing that his company has provided material support to terrorists, contrary to arguments made in the plaintiff’s complaint, Bloomberg reported.

Attorneys for Twitter and Ms. Fields debated the suit for around 40 minutes before the judge agreed to dismiss the suit Wednesday, albeit while allowing plaintiffs to amend their complaint and revisit their claims later, Courthouse News reported.

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