S 1693

Stop Enabling Sex Traffickers Act of 2017


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08/01/2017 : Read and referred to the Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation

Sex trafficking is a scourge. This bill won't really solve any problems not already adequately dealt with under current law. Section 230 does not protect site operators who knowingly and actively assist in trafficking, and it certainly does not protect anyone responsible, in whole or in part, for creation or development of the information content the bill is concerned with.

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We might be more supportive of the policy if a provider's immunity is enhanced for taking more proactive steps. For example, we could expressly list taking action to police and block sex trafficking along with the other material described in 230(c)(2)(A).


We cannot support any bill that cuts back on 230(b) and (c)(1) protections, because any small cutback will likely pave the way for larger rollbacks of these protections.

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