Trump signs law weakening shield for online services that host abusive content

Trump signs online trafficking bill

"She's been a great representative, I will say", Trump said to members of Congress who gathered for the bill's signing.

"Most importantly I want to thank the survivors and families who join us today". Sherrod Brown (D-OH) and U.S. Sen. Yvonne told WUSA9, "That man who purchased her from Backpage, beat her, strangled her, raped her and then cut her throat".

The measure, which passed the Senate overwhelmingly by a vote of 97-2 last month, passed the House in February by a vote of 388-25 and is backed by a broad coalition of anti-trafficking advocates, law enforcement organizations, civil rights groups, faith-based advocates, and industry leaders on both sides of the aisle.

Amends the Communications Act of 1934 to declare that section 230 does not limit: (1) a federal civil claim for conduct that constitutes sex trafficking, (2) a federal criminal charge for conduct that constitutes sex trafficking, or (3) a state criminal charge for conduct that promotes or facilitates prostitution in violation of this bill.

The PROTECT Act would amend existing human trafficking law to specify that the use of drugs or illegal substances to cause a person to engage in a commercial sex act or forced labor constitutes a form of coercion. The bill known as "FOSTA" is derived from the Allow States and Victims to Fight Online Sex Trafficking Act and it goes into effect immediately.

Congressman Steve Knight, R-Palmdale, co-sponsored the legislation and expressed support for its signing. "For too long, federal law has shielded websites that knowingly profit off the sexual exploitation of trafficking victims".

Language in FOSTA states that the "Communications Decency Act of 1996 was never meant to provide legal protection to websites that unlawfully promote and facilitate prostitution and websites that facilitate traffickers in advertising the sale of unlawful sex acts with sex trafficking victims". "I commend Senator Rob Portman and Representative Ann Wagner for their leadership and tireless efforts to combat human trafficking".

"Backpage.com, a classified ad listing service, was seized by the Department of Justice for "knowingly facilitating" prostitution ads as well as covering up sexually trafficked children while publicly pretending to do something about it", she charged.

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