ISIS, Google and §230: Can Google Be Held Liable for Recommending ISIS Content?

Brought to you by the Federalist Society at UCLA Law and the UCLA Institute for Technology, Law and Policy

• Daniel Suhr, Managing Attorney, Liberty Justice Center
• Professor Eugene Volokh, Gary T. Schwartz Distinguished Professor of Law, UCLA Law School
• Moderator: Professor John Villasenor, Director, UCLA Institute for Technology, Law and Policy and Professor of Electrical Engineering, Law, Public Policy, and Management

Event Date: Wednesday, March 1, 2023
Time and Location: 12:15–1:15 PM | Room 1347

Description: Nohemi Gonzalez was killed by an ISIS terror attack in 2015. Gonzalez’s relatives brought an action against Google, which owns YouTube, alleging that Google, through YouTube, materially assisted, and aided and abetted, ISIS, in violation of the AntiTerrorism Act, by knowingly permitting ISIS to post radicalizing videos on YouTube. Specifically, Gonzalez alleges that “Google affirmatively recommended ISIS videos to users.” The district court dismissed the complaint on the ground that section 230 of the Communications Decency Act barred Gonzalez’s claims. The court of appeals for the Ninth Circuit affirmed and the Supreme
Court granted certiorari.

Professor Eugene Volokh of UCLA has filed an amicus brief on behalf of Google. Daniel Suhr of the Liberty Justice Center has done so on behalf of Gonzalez. Please join the UCLA chapter of the Federalist Society and the UCLA Institute of Technology, Law, and Policy for a lively debate on this timely issue and the fate of section 230.

Food provided for UCLA School of Law students who RSVP before February 24, 2023.

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Mar 01 2023


12:15 pm - 1:15 pm

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