Enable States and Victims to Fight on line Intercourse Trafficking Act (FOSTA): Senate Passes Bill generating Online Platforms accountable for Third-Party information Enabling prohibited Sex-Trafficking

By Zeynep Ulku Kahveci – Edited by Lauren Beck

On March 21, 2018, The Senate Passed “FOSTA,” otherwise known since the “Allow States and Victims to battle on line Sex Trafficking Act.” H.R. 1865, 115th Cong. (2018). FOSTA produces an exception to Section 230 regarding the Communications Decency Act (“CDA”), which offers sites immunity for content published by 3rd events.

Rep. Ann Wagner (R-Missouri), introduced the bill on April 3 rd , 2017. In February, it passed your house with 388 votes in benefit and 25 votes against. A week ago, FOSTA cleared the Senate, making 97 votes in benefit and just 2 votes against.

FOSTA produces liability for third-party content on internet sites “that unlawfully promote or facilitate prostitution and web sites that facilitate traffickers in marketing the sale of illegal intercourse functions with sex trafficking victims.” Numerous observers highlight the chilling impact the act shall have on online message. (more…)

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