New Law Punishes Tech Companies for Sex Trafficking
Yesterday President Trump signed a new law to punish websites for sex trafficking called The Allow States and Victims to Fight On-Line Sex Trafficking Act. If a user posts something inappropriate, the website owner could be held liable for it. It will be easier for state prosecutors and sex trafficking victims to sue social media networks, advertisers and others that keep exploitive material on their platforms. The legal proof that would be needed for liability would be that the website owner knowingly facilitated sex trafficking.
Note that Craigslist has already been prompted to delete all its personal ads and is now shut down due to the inappropriate content being posted there. Backpage.com, also a type of classified advertising website, has also been seized for sex-trafficking and federal charges have been issued.
More on this in follow-up blog posts.