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A bill that would carve a significant chunk out of Section 230 of the federal Communications Decency Act — decades-old regulations that function as the internet’s liability shield — has been introduced in the Senate, with six co-sponsors from across the aisle. The Stop Enabling Sex Traffickers Act of 2017 would potentially expand criminal liability for websites like Backpage, a classifieds site that allegedly hosted ads from sex traffickers alongside ads from sex workers in its adult services section.
Put in place in 1996, Section 230 provides websites with legal immunity for the posts of their users. For example, Twitter, Inc. cannot be sued if one of its users defames another user. It is generally assumed that without this liability shield, most of the web as we know it would not exist. The Electronic Frontier Foundation has called CDA 230 “one of the most valuable tools for protecting freedom of expression and innovation on the Internet.”