U.S. widow sues Twitter for giving voice to ISIL

Special to WorldTribune.com

The widow of an American killed in a Jordan terrorist attack is filing suit against Twitter for giving a voice to Islamic State of Iraq and Levant (ISIL).

Lloyd 'Carl' Fields
Lloyd ‘Carl’ Fields

In the lawsuit, Tamara Fields said the social media company until recently had given jihadists “unfettered” ability to maintain official Twitter accounts to spread propaganda, raise money and recruit terrorists.

The Florida woman’s husband, Lloyd, died in a Nov. 9 attack on a police training center in Amman.

“Without Twitter, the explosive growth of ISIL over the last few years into the most-feared terrorist group in the world would not have been possible,” according to the complaint filed on Jan. 13 in federal court in Oakland, California.

Fields accused Twitter of violating the Anti-Terrorism Act, which allows triple damages for providing material support to terrorists.

Twitter said in a statement that “while we believe the lawsuit is without merit, we are deeply saddened to hear of this family’s terrible loss. Violent threats and the promotion of terrorism deserve no place on Twitter and, like other social networks, our rules make that clear.”

Lloyd “Carl” Fields was among five people killed in the terrorist attack at the police training center by Jordanian police officer Anwar Abu Zeid.