Tuesday, January 09, 2018

Tech companies soften opposition to SESTA as liability language is narrowed


Lost in all the attention to net neutrality recently is the progress of the SESTA and related House bills to weaken Section 230 protections from services that host sex trafficking ads.


On November 7, 2017, the Washington Post had reported (Tom Jackman) that major tech companies were removing objections to SESTA since the Senate seems to be willing to narrow the language that could lead to downstream liability.
  
The language about “knowingly” allowing trafficking content was narrowed to “participation in a venture” but there is also a provision about “knowingly assisting, supporting or facilitating a violation of sex trafficking laws” and removes language “by any means”.