Family of Federal Officer Killed Says Facebook Promoted Extremism that Lead to His Death

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The sister of federal security officer Dave Patrick Underwood, who was shot and killed in May 2020 while protecting the federal courthouse in Oakland, California, is suing Facebook in California Superior Court, alleging the company used its algorithms and group function to actively recruit members for far-right extremist groups, promote dangerous content, ignored the foreseeable risk of violence in order to maximize profits, and united his killer and an alleged accomplice through its platform, reports ABC News. The lawsuit claims that the promotion of extremist activity contributed to Underwood’s death and the sister’s attorney, Ted Leopold, cited whistleblower testimony before Congress that accused Facebook of knowingly encouraging and promoting extremist content. “We believe and intend to show that Facebook’s conduct has led to a rise in extremism throughout the world and acts of real-world violence, including the murder of Officer Underwood,” Leopold said.

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