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The fiancée of Alexander Pinczowski, a New York man killed alongside his sister in the Belgium bombing, is suing Twitter for allowing the Islamic State to flourish on the popular network.
Anne Cameron Cain accused the social media giant of failing to stop the terrorist group from embracing Twitter as a “powerful weapon for terrorism.”
Her 92-page lawsuit alleges ISIS uses Twitter to recruit, spread propaganda and intimidate during attacks, such as the Brussels airport massacre that killed her 29-year-old fiance and future sister-in-law in March 2016.
Cain’s case recalls Pinczowski’s final moments checking into the Brussels Airport.
He planned to fly home to New York and was joined by his 26-year-old sister, Sasha, at the last minute. Pinczowski was on the phone with his father when the deadly blast ripped through the check-in area, killing 32 people.
“The phone sounded like it went underwater and then went dead,” recalled Pinczowski’s father in court documents.
In a statement Monday, Cain urged Twitter to cut off its network to “those who would destroy our way of life.”
The lawsuit is the second high-profile case to blame online conglomerates, such as Facebook, Google and Twitter, for allowing the rise of ISIS.
The families of three Pulse victims filed a civil case in December accusing the media companies of providing the terrorist group with “material support” that allegedly radicalized shooter Omar Mateen.
Cain joined the family of Paris attack victim Nohemi Gonzalez, of California, who was among the 130 victims slain in the November 2015 bloodbath, in the latest lawsuit filed Monday in the U.S. District Court in Manhattan.
Gonzalez’s father Reynaldo Gonzalez claims the Silicon Valley companies “knowingly permitted” Islamic State militants on its network.
The victims are demanding unspecified damages for the wrongful death case following a trial by jury.
Tel Aviv-based Shurat HaDin-Israel Law Center and Robert J. Tolchin in Brooklyn are representing Cain and the Gonzalez family.