FILE PHOTO: Stickers bearing the Fb brand are pictured at Fb Inc’s F8 builders convention in San Jose, California, U.S., April 30, 2019. REUTERS/Stephen Lam/File Photograph
NEW YORK (Reuters) – Fb Inc on Wednesday defeated an enchantment by American victims of Hamas assaults in Israel, who sought to carry the corporate answerable for offering the group a social media platform to additional its targets.
The 2nd U.S. Circuit Court docket of Appeals in Manhattan stated the Communications Decency Act, a 1996 legislation regulating web content material, shielded Fb from legal responsibility. It additionally declined to train jurisdiction over the plaintiffs’ international legislation claims.
Attorneys for the plaintiffs didn’t instantly reply to requests for remark. Fb and its attorneys didn’t instantly reply to comparable requests.
The plaintiffs additionally included relations and the estates of Hamas victims.
Wednesday’s resolution upheld a Could 2017 ruling by U.S. District Decide Nicholas Garaufis in Brooklyn.
It’s a contemporary setback to efforts to carry firms comparable to Fb and Twitter Inc answerable for failing to higher police customers’ on-line speech.
The U.S. Division of State has designated Hamas as a international terrorist group since 1997.
The case is Power et al v Fb Inc et al, 2nd U.S. Circuit Court docket of Appeals, No. 18-397.
Reporting by Jonathan Stempel in New York; Modifying by Marguerita Choy