This anti-sex trafficking law could end internet freedom

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  • Published on:  Wednesday, May 2, 2018
  • The law impacts sites like Reddit, Craigslist, and Google — and that’s just the start.

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    President Trump recently signed into law a set of controversial bills intended to make it easier to cut down on illegal sex trafficking online. Both bills — the House bill known as FOSTA, the Fight Online Sex Trafficking Act, and the Senate bill, SESTA, the Stop Enabling Sex Traffickers Act — have been hailed by advocates as a victory for sex trafficking victims.

    But the new law pokes a huge hole in what is generally seen as one of the most important pieces of internet legislation ever created, Section 230 of the 1996 Communications Decency Act. Without this clause exempting websites from liability for the actions of their users, most websites simply couldn’t afford to exist Internet freedom advocates argue that this could lead to further eroding of an open internet — and puts sex workers on the front line. is a news website that helps you cut through the noise and understand what's really driving the events in the headlines. Check out

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  • Vox

     (May 2, 2018)

    Read more about how FOSTA could impact the battle for a free internet on

  • alpha yun

     (Jun 6, 2018)

    man a second civil war is coming

  • Davilima Lol

     (May 11, 2018)

    *NO ANIME*

  • thats amazing

     (May 2, 2018)

    Every single man that signed that law has paid for a sex worker

  • Judith C

     (Mar 14, 2019)

    @dag drummerExactly! Bill's are past to benefit the policy maker and persecute poor people 🤢

  • Judith C

     (Mar 14, 2019)

    FOSTA SESTA is Internet Censorship

  • rickiex

     (May 2, 2018)

    So back in college, I had to do a research paper for my graduate thesis. I interviewed 14 ex sex worker and 6 current sex workers. Most of them were independent and some were trafficed. The ones trafficed was saved by Backpage and other sites like it ironically enough. Those social workers uses site like Backpage to locate and help trafficed individuals. This bill basically shut the only gate way social workers had with trafficed girls. Now the only way these girls will be saved is if the cops eventual...

  • Judith C

     (Mar 14, 2019)

    +Lauren Perkins thank you for being open to a new prospective 💕

  • Buddy Clem

     (Jul 24, 2018)

    rickiex I enjoyed reading your comments, but "ALOT" ain't a word. It's "a lot".

  • Simone

     (May 2, 2018)

    IT illiteracy strikes again -.-Can we get more younger people in public office please?This is a problem the world over

  • borderlands10

     (Dec 10, 2018)

    Younger people would destroy the system with ignorance and self-centeredness, they live in the present with no interest in preparing for the future(And no, doing something for instant self-gratification is not preparing for the future).

  • Lashan

     (May 2, 2018)

    Land of the free******

  • Neil A

     (May 13, 2018)

    you dont have the freedom to pay to rape someone. sex work isnt work its prostitution

  • Emer2010Gency

     (May 2, 2018)

    Its funny how American lawmakers are slowly putting through more and more legislation to restrict the internet in the US - isn't that like the first step to starting a dictatorship - control the information flow?

  • Alicethereality

     (Mar 13, 2019)

    borderlands10 I’m fairly certain from what I read that, the only representatives who opposed the Bill were Democratic. Which means, these facts do not support your narrative, and divisive paradigms will further our loss of rights if we cannot unite as a people.

  • borderlands10

     (Dec 10, 2018)

    That's why the Left has a stranglehold on information flow, to slowly build up a dictatorship where anyone left of Stalin will be an enemy of the State.

  • -The_Bin_Of_Sin-

     (May 2, 2018)

    Not this again first the FCC with net neutrality and now this?

  • seasong

     (May 2, 2018)

    How about we make the internet more free and not the opposite?

  • ༺ƹ̵̡ӝ̵̨̄ʒƸ̵̡Ӝ̵̨̄Ʒƹ̵̡ӝ̵̨̄ʒ༻

     (Jan 29, 2019)

    you hav it already!but google and bing restrictin your searchs to find it. BUT if you really want it, then you will be find it ways! but you Must be smart when you use it, networks censored by these fukers as much as they could

  • De ViceCrimsin

     (May 2, 2018)

    Ironically an alleged sexual preditor I singing this into law.

  • Goofy Emoji

     (May 5, 2018)

    We gotta vote for progressives in the midterms this November to hold that sexual predator Dotard Dumb accountable. Those corrupt Republican congressmen won't do a thing until all the world burns.

  • Antman4656

     (May 2, 2018)

    To make things safer for people you legalise and regulate them. The worst thing you can do is make something illegal. Surely We learned this during the prohibition.

  • Correction Guy

     (May 23, 2018)

    "We learned this during the prohibition." - oh we did?*on prohibition:*prior to prohibition only men could get served alcohol. which was done in an establishment called a saloon. A large number of men were pissing away their pay checks on alcohol, leaving women and children starving and/or homeless. Prohibition was seen as a way to release the grip that saloons had on men and, by extension, their families. which was why prohibition was pushed through. the focus was saloons and therfor alc...

  • Celina K

     (May 2, 2018)

    Antman4656 that would be the New Zealand Model