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PirateBear  ·  2308 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: How Congress Censored the Internet

Congress ignored victim groups that said that this threatened investigations into sex traffickers, ignored the DOJ saying that it will harm investigations and is likely unconstitutional (at least in part), ignored the pre-CDA 230 rulings that said websites were liable for content if they moderated content, and proceeded to pass this shitshow anyway.

Really hope someone goes after Facebook, Twitter, and Google with this. Either there will be a push to repeal it if it starts affecting bottom lines or the courts will defang it based on highly paid corporate attorneys' arguments. Especially because Facebook was promoting child abuse searches days ago: https://www.techdirt.com/articles/20180316/17330139439/did-facebook-violate-sesta-promoting-child-abuse-videos.shtml

user-inactivated  ·  2307 days ago  ·  link  ·  

Tinder is in trouble. And for that matter most dating websites. It is not that hard to go to Tinder and find profiles of people asking for money, which under this law makes Tinder liable.

Tumblr should also be under a ton of scrutiny.

I'm also wondering if camgirl sites are freaking out. As sex shows are not technically illegal, all it takes is one bad apple and the whole thing comes caving in.

And yea, Backpage and Craigslist were actively working with victim's groups, NCMEC and law enforcement to go after pedophiles, sex traffickers and other bad actors before the Goody Brigade went for votes.

PirateBear  ·  2307 days ago  ·  link  ·  

As of today, Craigslist's Personals sections are the first explicit victim of SESTA. They shut it down with an explicit message saying they can't risk the liability of leaving it open.