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NY lawsuits blame social media in terror attacks

  • FILE - This May 2015 file family photo shows Sascha Pinczowski at her graduation from Marymount Manhattan College in New York. The families of victims of terror attacks in Paris, Brussels and Israel including the family of Sascha Pinczowski and brother Alexander said social media companies including Facebook and Twitter are aiding terrorists. Plaintiffs' lawyer Robert Tolchin said the companies are helping terror groups network, recruit and advertise their deadly aims. The companies said the lawsuits get it wrong. (Courtesy of the Pinczowski family via AP, File)

    FILE - This May 2015 file family photo shows Sascha Pinczowski at her graduation from Marymount Manhattan College in New York. The families of victims of terror attacks in Paris, Brussels and Israel including the family of Sascha Pinczowski and brother Alexander said social media companies including Facebook and Twitter are aiding terrorists. Plaintiffs' lawyer Robert Tolchin said the companies are helping terror groups network, recruit and advertise their deadly aims. The companies said the lawsuits get it wrong. (Courtesy of the Pinczowski family via AP, File)  (The Associated Press)

  • FILE - This 2015 file family photo shows Alexander Pinczowski and his fiance Cameron Cain in Greece. The families of victims of terror attacks in Paris, Brussels and Israel including Alexander and sister Sascha Pinczowski, said social media companies including Facebook and Twitter are aiding terrorists. Plaintiffs' lawyer Robert Tolchin said the companies are helping terror groups network, recruit and advertise their deadly aims. The companies said the lawsuits get it wrong. (Courtesy of the family via AP, File)

    FILE - This 2015 file family photo shows Alexander Pinczowski and his fiance Cameron Cain in Greece. The families of victims of terror attacks in Paris, Brussels and Israel including Alexander and sister Sascha Pinczowski, said social media companies including Facebook and Twitter are aiding terrorists. Plaintiffs' lawyer Robert Tolchin said the companies are helping terror groups network, recruit and advertise their deadly aims. The companies said the lawsuits get it wrong. (Courtesy of the family via AP, File)  (The Associated Press)

Twitter says it has suspended 360,000 user accounts in the past 18 months for threatening or promoting acts of terrorism.

Lawyers for the families of terror victims, including a brother and sister killed in last year's bomb attacks in Brussels and an American college student slaughtered in Paris, say that isn't enough.

In a string of lawsuits filed in New York, they say they want Twitter and Facebook to pay damages for failing to stop violent extremists from using their platforms to recruit followers.

The companies say the lawsuits get it wrong. Facebook says it has zero tolerance for terrorism and swiftly removes any terrorism content. Twitter says no terrorist-related action or violent threat is permitted on its platform.