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The site provided “e-mail anonymization, forwarding, auto-reply, and storage services to posters.” “Backpage optimises the ability of traffickers to post escort ads by imposing less stringent posting rules for sex trafficking than it does for other ad categories,” the Centre argued in a recent court filing. Yet Backpage has been able to enjoy the wide freedom that the US government gave to online operators in the Communications Decency Act.
The genuinely shocking nature of the trade prompted calls for action from human rights NGOs, Senators, all 51 state attorneys, and was publicised by celebrities including R. The Act was hastily introduced as a response to a porn panic in the 1990s, with the goal of cleaning up online service providers of filth.
® * The case filed in Massachusetts was (14-13870-RGS): “JANE DOE NO.
1, a minor child, by her parent and next friend MARY ROE; JANE DOE NO. 3, a minor child, by her parents and next friends SAM LOE AND SARA LOE vs BACKPAGE.
The shield portion of the CDA, Section 230, was not part of the original bill, but has acquired a vital role in protecting the internet’s middlemen from liability.
A distressing case filed in 2014 showed just how powerful the shield really is.
In July, the Wall Street Journal reported that Google, Facebook, Microsoft, Amazon and Apple enlisted the Centre for Democracy and Technology to co-ordinate its defence of Backpage.
“Digital rights” activist groups including the Electronic Frontier Foundation and the Center for Democracy and Technology filed briefs in support of Backpage.
Earlier this year the US Senate, investigating human trafficking, voted to hold Ferrer in contempt after he refused to co-operate.
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