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Orlando Nightclub Shooting: Families of Victims sue Facebook, Twitter, Google for allegedly providing “material support” to Islamic State (ISIS) Terrorist group

Facebook, Google, Microsoft and Twitter said they would share a database of terror images and videos to quickly remove terrorism content

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New York, Dec 20, 2016: Families of three victims of the Orlando nightclub shooting that left 50 dead and 53 wounded in June this year have sued tech giants Facebook, Google and Twitter for allegedly providing “material support” to the Islamic State (IS) terrorist group and helping radicalise shooter Omar Mateen.

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According to a Fox News report, the lawsuit was filed in federal court in the eastern district of Michigan on Monday on behalf of the families of Tevin Crosby, Javier Jorge-Reyes and Juan Ramon Guerrero, stating that the three web platforms “provided the terrorist group IS with accounts they use to spread extremist propaganda, raise funds and attract new recruits.”

“Without Defendants Twitter, Facebook, and Google (YouTube), the explosive growth of IS over the last few years into the most feared terrorist group in the world would not have been possible,” Fox News cited the lawsuit as saying.

“They create unique content by combining IS postings with advertisements in a way that is specifically targeted at the viewer. Defendants share revenue with IS for its content and profit from IS postings through advertising revenue,” the lawsuit alleged.

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Investigation revealed that Mateen, a 29-year-old security guard who opened fire inside Orlando’s Pulse nightclub, was not a member of the terror group but had been inspired by it in part through what he saw on the internet.

An outpouring of anger toward the lax US gun control policy was witnessed on social media after the shooting — dubbed as the deadliest mass shooting in modern US history after it surpassed the 2007 massacre at Virginia Tech which left 32 people dead.

Furious gun control supporters questioned why laws were still permitting people with radical thinking or mental illness to acquire assault weapons.

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Meanwhile, Keith Altman, the attorney representing the three families in the Orlando nightclub lawsuit, was quoted as saying that Facebook, Google and Twitter should be held liable for what users post on their services because they pair content with advertising.

Earlier this month, Facebook, Google, Microsoft and Twitter said they would share a database of terror images and videos to quickly remove terrorism content. (IANS)

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Google To Stop its Services For Cloud Print Soon

Cloud Print was launched in 2010 to make it easier to print documents from any Cloud Print-enabled app, like Google Docs, to a network-connected, Cloud-aware printer

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Google also pointed out that despite being nearly 10 years old, Cloud Print has never exited beta. Pixabay

US based search engine giant Google has announced that Cloud Print, its cloud-based printing solution, will be retired at the end of next year.

“Beginning January 1, 2021, devices across all operating systems will no longer be able to print using Google Cloud Print. We recommend that over the next year, you identify an alternative solution and execute a migration strategy,” a support document for Cloud Print said on Thursday.

Devices across all operating systems, including Android and Chrome OS, will no longer be able to use Cloud Print.

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US based search engine giant Google has announced that Cloud Print, its cloud-based printing solution, will be retired at the end of next year. Wikimedia Commons

Since Google has improved Chrome OS’s ability to natively print documents from the browser to a network printer, so there is no need for a Cloud solution in between, forbes.com reported.

Cloud Print was launched in 2010 to make it easier to print documents from any Cloud Print-enabled app, like Google Docs, to a network-connected, Cloud-aware printer.

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Google also pointed out that despite being nearly 10 years old, Cloud Print has never exited beta. (IANS)