Wednesday, August 02, 2017
Senate introduces sex trafficking bill that compromises Section 230
Robert Portman (R-OH) and others have drafted a “Stop Enabling Sex Traffickers Act of 2017”, which would expose Internet publishing platforms and websites more exposure to downstream criminal liability to user-generated content attempting to promote sex trafficking or actually offer prostitution.
The bill is said to be more restrained than the House version presented here on April 3, 2017.
Portman has said that the bill would only affect service providers who knowingly publish sex trafficking ads or facilitate them.
The potential for unintended consequences from this bill are considerable, as I have discussed today on my “BillBoushk” blog and will follow up on Wordpress soon. Law professor Eric Goldman takes up this matter in a blog post here.
I've already emailed Electronic Frontier Foundation about this development, and noted that litigation against it could resemble those used against COPA, the Child Online Protection Act, a decade ago.