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Judge rules YouTube, Facebook and Reddit must face lawsuits claiming they helped radicalize a mass shooter

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A judge in New York state has rejected a motion to dismiss a lawsuit against social media companies accused of contributing to the radicalization of a gunman who killed 10 people at a grocery store in Buffalo. The judge ruled that the plaintiffs can proceed with their lawsuit, which alleges that the companies profit from racist, antisemitic, and violent content on their platforms. Attorneys for the social media companies argued that they are like message boards with third-party content, but the plaintiffs claim that the platforms are sophisticated products designed to be addictive to young users. The social media companies plan to appeal the decision.