Supreme Court Hands Elon Musk Massive Win

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( – On May 18, the US Supreme Court declined to create a pathway that would let those who faced attacks from militant organizations to place the blame on social media companies and hold them responsible for not blocking such organizations from using social media platforms.

The victory was handed to Elon Musk’s Twitter Inc. in a 9-0 decision, reversing the ruling of the lower court. The court also handled a different case focusing on Google LLC, in which it struck down an attempt to target legal shields for internet companies.

The case involving Twitter was brought forth by family members of Jordanian man Nawras Alassaf, who was killed at an Istanbul nightclub in an attack that has been claimed by the Islamic State militant group. The Supreme Court was examining this along with one other case regarding whether internet companies should be liable for the content posted by their users. Concerns about the issue have arisen among lawmakers and other US citizens.

On May 18, in the case against Google’s YouTube, the Supreme Court referred to Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act when making their ruling on whether laws safeguarding internet firms from user content should be reduced. When delivering their ruling on the case, the justices said they determined that the lawsuit introduced by the relatives of Nohemi Gonzalez would need to go back to the lower court. Gonzalez was killed back in 2015 amid a Paris Islamic State attack at just 23 years old while visiting from California.

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