Three social media giants -- Facebook, Google, and Twitter-- are facing a lawsuit stemming from the December 2015 terrorist attack in San Bernardino, Calif., Reuters reported. The family members of three victims filed the suit claiming that the companies allowed Islamic State propaganda to flourish on their platforms.
By allowing the proliferation of ISIS propaganda on their sites, the relatives claim that the companies provided "material support" to the group and enabled attacks, like the one in San Bernardino.
"For years defendants have knowingly and recklessly provided the terrorist group ISIS with accounts to use its social networks as a tool for spreading extremist propaganda, raising funds and attracting new recruits," family members of Sierra Clayborn, Tin Nguyen and Nicholas Thalasinos charge in the 32-page complaint, which was filed in U.S. District Court in Los Angeles on Wednesday.
"Without defendants Twitter, Facebook and Google (YouTube), the explosive growth of ISIS over the last few years into the most feared terrorist group in the world would not have been possible," the complaint said.
Spokeswomen for Twitter and Google declined to comment on the lawsuit while Facebook reps couldn't be reached for comment on Thursday.
Syed Rizwan Farook and his wife, Tashfeen Malik, opened fire during a holiday gathering of Farook's co-workers, killing 14 and wounding 22. Authorities claimed that the attack was inspired by ISIS militants.