The cases hinges on two laws—FOSTA and Section 230—that have been hotly contested in recent years.
Four myths about the law that made the modern internet possible.
Elizabeth Nolan Brown Talks About the Secret Backpage Memos and What They Mean for Free Speech Online
Politicians accused the site of victimizing women and children. A federal investigation found otherwise.
Sealed memos fought over in federal court last week show authorities have known for years that claims about Backpage were bogus.
The claim that 100,000 to 300,000 underage people were being sex trafficked in the United States was used in effort to destroy Backpage.com's founders.
Aggressive asset forfeiture collides with First Amendment rights.
Kamala Harris Won't Denounce Federal Law That Harms Sex Workers, but May Support Decriminalizing Prostitution
"I think that we have to understand though that it is not as simple as that."
Sex, publishing, and quasi-legal theft collide in the Backpage prosecution.
The senator and presidential hopeful went to bat for dirty prosecutors, opposed marijuana legalization, and championed policies that endanger sex workers.
The ruling is a major win for Backpage founders James Larkin and Michael Lacey, as well as a strike against government overreach.
Why the Press Conflates Prostitution with Sex Trafficking—and Why That's a Threat To Free Speech: Podcast
Elizabeth Nolan Brown exposes the flimsy case against the alt-weekly pioneers accused of facilitating sex trafficking through Backpage.com.
The Senate Accused Them of Selling Kids for Sex. The FBI Raided Their Homes. Backpage.com's Founders Speak for the First Time.
An inside look at how indie media veterans James Larkin and Michael Lacey became the targets of a federal witchhunt.
Plus: digital privacy concerns down 11 percent since 2015
Backpage Plea to Texas Sex Trafficking Charge Turns On CEO's Admission to Brokering Adult Prostitution
Backpage CEO Carl Ferrer turned over the company and seven other executives in exchange for leniency.
Indictment reveals money-laundering, conspiracy charges, and a tricky federal law known as the Travel Act.
Site had long been a target for sex work and sex trafficking advertisements.
The ruling allows a civil suit against Backpage to proceed for one of the case's three plaintiffs.
The bill makes "promoting prostitution" a federal crime, holds websites legally liable for user-posted content, and lets states retroactively prosecute offenders.
The bill would gut Section 230 and make sex advertising a federal crime.
The state will continue to pursue money-laundering charges against Carl Ferrer, Michael Lacey, and James Larkin.
A new paper in the Wake Forest Law Review explores "the virtues of unvirtuous spaces" when it comes to stopping sexual exploitation.
AG Josh Hawley's "new evidence" against the U.S. company is actions carried out by foreign contractors for foreign websites.
A bill related to sex trafficking and Section 230 could have far-reaching consequences for web content, publishers, and apps.
First Amendment Lawyers Ask New Calif. Attorney General to Drop 'Abusive' Crusade Against Backpage and User-Info Dragnet
A subpoena calls for copies of all Backpage ads posted over several years, all billing records, and the identities of all of the website's users.
Attorney Robert Corn-Revere discusses the failed case against the "world's largest online brothel."
Director of Anti-Sex Trafficking Doc I Am Jane Doe Doesn't Understand the Laws She's Trying to Reform
Watch Elizabeth Nolan Brown discuss the film with director Mary Mazzio, who aims to overhaul Backpage and federal law in the name of sex-trafficked teens.
Backpage Backed Into Corner Over Adult Ads. Is Government's Goal a Goodbye to Sex Trafficking, or Free Speech?
As Congress puts Backpage on trial, Section 230 is the big fish in this barrel of red herrings.
"It's a sad day for America's children victimized by prostitution," said victims services advocate Lois Lee.
Backpage Leaders Beat Pimping Charges as Court Affirms Importance of Immunity for Web Publishers of Third-Party Speech
"Congress has spoken on this matter and it is for Congress, not this Court, to revisit."
Judge Says Backpage Protected by First Amendment, Rejects Pimping Charges for CEO… Then Backtracks a Few Hours Later
"Congress has spoken on this matter and it is for Congress, not this court, to revisit." Except for maybe later this afternoon...
"Make no mistake; Kamala Harris has won all that she was looking to win when she had us arrested."
Behold, 12 things the state of California considers sex trafficking that are totally not
SCOTUS Won't Hear Illinois Sheriff's Appeal of Order to Stop Threatening Credit Card Companies for Working With Backpage
Visa and Mastercard had ceased serving the site under threat of sanction from the Illinois sheriff.
"Congress did not sound an uncertain trumpet when it...chose to enact broad protections to internet publishers," held the appeals court.
Following a First Amendment win against Illinois Sheriff Tom Dart, Backpage.com has filed a civil action against the U.S. Attorney General.
A federal appeals court tells Tom Dart to stop threatening payment processors that do business with the classified-ad site.
"Defiance of a congressional subpoena is rare, and it's serious," says Sen. Rob Portman.
Nicholas Kristof Applauds Extralegal Harassment of Backpage.com Because 'Adult' Services Sometimes Involve Minors
The columnist thinks you should go out of business if some of your customers are criminals.
"It appears that an oft-used tool for identifying lawbreakers will be lost if Backpage were to fold," writes federal judge.
Score one for sex workers, capitalism, and common sense.
Plaintiffs coerced into prostitution as teens alleged that Backpage was complicit in their trafficking.
Senators sneak through SAVE Act as amendment, creating criminal liability for classified-ad sites.
Closing sites like Backpage.com puts trafficking victims at even more risk.
Lawmakers target classified ad sites