ORLANDO (CBSMiami/AP) — A new and interesting twist in the Pulse Orlando night club shooting aftermath.READ MORE: Gov. Ron DeSantis Signs Executive Order Pardoning All COVID-Related Charges & Arrests
Survivors of a Florida nightclub massacre have filed a federal lawsuit against Google, Facebook and Twitter, claiming they helped spread terrorist propaganda.
The complaint filed Wednesday in Orlando by 16 survivors of the June 2016 Pulse nightclub attack says the companies profited from content posted by the Islamic State group.READ MORE: Global Chip Shortage Could Soon Put Squeeze On South Florida Car Dealerships
Gunman Omar Mateen pledged allegiance to the organization in telephone conversations with a 911 operator and police during the rampage that killed 49 at the gay nightclub. Mateen was killed in a shootout with SWAT team members.
A similar lawsuit filed by the victims’ families against the three social media giants was dismissed by a Detroit federal judge last week.
The judge found no connection between social media content and the attack. Another lawsuit against Twitter was dismissed in 2016.MORE NEWS: Gun Sales On Pace For Record Year
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