HR 1865

Allow States and Victims to Fight Online Sex Trafficking Act of 2017


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04/26/2017: Referred to Subcommittee on Crime, Terrorism, Homeland Security, and Investigations

This bill is a solution in search of a problem. The misleading title distracts from what the policy will actually accomplish, which is eliminating free speech online by changing Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act. The bill would hold websites liable for any content posted, even in comment sections, and would ultimately create an Internet experience where every website is forced to be a government censor or face prosecution for non-compliance. A bad bill, with a worse result.

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The bill would criminalize social media providers and websites if they do not monitor all user activity in an effort to weed out bad or criminal actors.

  • Censorship,
  • United States