Online Sex Trafficking Bill Draws Flak From Silicon Valley

Law360, New York (August 2, 2017, 1:05 PM EDT) -- A bipartisan group of Senators introduced legislation Tuesday aimed at making it easier to hold websites like Backpage.com liable for sex trafficking, drawing immediate opposition from internet giants like Google and Facebook.

Introduced by Senator Rob Portman, R-Ohio, the Stop Enabling Sex Traffickers Act of 2017 would amend the Communications Decency Act’s Section 230, which shields websites from many lawsuits, to expressly allow criminal and civil actions against internet companies that don’t do enough to combat trafficking.

Though aimed at controversial sites like Backpage — a...
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