The Supreme Court of the United States will rule on the responsibilities of social networks

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The Supreme Court of the United States is about to hear two cases concerning the responsibilities of social networks.

In the first, Gonzalez v. Google, the Court will have to rule on Google’s liability for allowing videos with radical content to circulate on its YouTube application. The family of Nohemi Gonzalez, an American national shot dead in Paris during the 2015 attacks, is convinced that the terrorists could not have acted without recruiting accomplices via YouTube.

In the second case Taamneh v. Twitter, the family of Nawras Alassaf, a Jordanian man murdered by Daesh in an Istanbul nightclub in 2017, say the terrorists were emboldened by the ease with which they were able to post their propaganda on Twitter.

The cases come at a time when Texas and Florida have passed laws allowing social media to be sued if it stifles different viewpoints.

In the United States, the First Amendment guarantees total freedom of expression, including the call to murder.

The main issue that the Supreme Court will have to consider concerns the rules on algorithms. Today, social networks are financed by advertisements. Therefore, they develop algorithms allowing them to captivate Internet users for as long as possible, by exposing them to as much publicity as possible. A choice that has even led them so far to promote content with which they did not necessarily agree.

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