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Facebook defeats appeal in U.S. claiming it aided Hamas attacks


Reuters Menlo Park
Updated: 31-07-2019 20:15 IST
Facebook defeats appeal in U.S. claiming it aided Hamas attacks

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Facebook Inc on Wednesday defeated an appeal by American victims of Hamas attacks on Israel, who sought to hold the company liable for providing the group a social media platform to further its goals. The 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Manhattan said the Communications Decency Act, a 1996 law regulating internet content, shielded Facebook from liability. It also declined to exercise jurisdiction over the plaintiffs' foreign law claims.

Lawyers for the plaintiffs did not immediately respond to requests for comment. Facebook and its lawyers did not immediately respond to similar requests. The plaintiffs also included relatives and the estates of Hamas victims.

Wednesday's decision upheld a May 2017 ruling by U.S. District Judge Nicholas Garaufis in Brooklyn. It is a fresh setback to efforts to hold companies such as Facebook and Twitter Inc liable for failing to better police users' online speech.

The U.S. Department of State has designated Hamas as a foreign terrorist organization since 1997. The case is Force et al v Facebook Inc et al, 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, No. 18-397.

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