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Judge blasts Facebook's handling of terrorism lawsuits

U.S. District Judge Nicholas Garaufis on Sept. 22 tore intoFacebook Inc.'slawyers, saying that the company was not taking seriously lawsuits related tointernational terrorism and death of innocent people.

The judge in Brooklyn, N.Y., was also upset at Facebook'slawyers for sending a first-year associate to a hearing and called it "outrageous,irresponsible and insulting," Bloomberg News reported Sept. 22. Garaufisinstructed Kirkland & Ellis LLP, a law firm representing the company, tosend a senior lawyer "who talks to senior management at Facebook" tothe Sept. 28 hearing.

The judge also said that Facebook has social responsibilityto take action against terrorism, urging the company to stop terrorists fromusing its social networking platforms to communicate. Facebook has argued thatit removes terrorism-related content as soon as it is pointed out.

The hearing comes after a $1 billion lawsuit was against the company overclaims that it allowed Palestinian militant group Hamas to use its website toplan attacks on five Americans.