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Editor: Kevin Cole
Univ. of San Diego School of Law

Monday, November 6, 2017

"Internet companies announce support for revised sex-trafficking bill"

From The Hill, via NACDL news scan:

The bill would amend Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act, a 1996 law that gives websites broad legal immunity over content posted by their users. SESTA creates a carveout in Section 230 that would make it easier to prosecute and sue websites for enabling sex trafficking.

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According to Portman’s office, the compromise consists of three technical changes, including a revision of the legal standard for whether a site is “knowingly” engaged in sex trafficking. The update changes the standard from "knowing conduct" that facilitates sex trafficking to "knowingly assisting, supporting, or facilitating" the practice.

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