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Judge Rules YouTube, Facebook and Reddit Must Face Lawsuits Claiming They Helped Radicalize a Mass Shooter

A New York state judge on Monday denied a motion to dismiss a lawsuit against several social media companies alleging the platforms contributed to the radicalization of a gunman who killed 10 people. (Click link for article.)

Photo: A wrongful death lawsuit against several social media platforms brought on by the Buffalo, New York, mass shooting perpetrated by Payton Gendron has been allowed to move forward by a judge. Derek Gee/Reuters

 

A New York state judge on Monday denied a motion to dismiss a lawsuit against several social media companies alleging the platforms contributed to the radicalization of a gunman who killed 10 people at a grocery store in Buffalo, New York in 2022, court documents show.

“The Court has determined the complaint sufficiently pleads viable causes of action to go forward at this stage of the litigation,” said Erie County Supreme Court Justice Paula Feroleto.

In her decision, the judge said that the plaintiffs may proceed with their lawsuit, which claims social media companies — like Meta, Alphabet, Reddit and 4chan — ”profit from the racist, antisemitic, and violent material displayed on their platforms to maximize user engagement,” including the time then 18-year-old Payton Gendron spent on their platforms viewing that material.

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