The mere act of publishing sex ads online is enough to send most potential free speech allies scurrying for the exits.
Court Says Prostitution Law Doesn't Violate First Amendment but Language Should Be Interpreted Narrowly
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The 2018 law criminalizes websites that "promote or facilitate" prostitution. Two of three judges on the panel pushed back against government claims that this doesn't criminalize speech.
In a post-FOSTA world, Section 230 still protects websites from lawsuits over criminal sexual conduct by their users.
The case is now on appeal after a lower court said the ban on websites promoting prostitution didn't concern protected speech.
The SAFE SEX Workers Study Act would look at the impact of FOSTA and the seizure of sites like Backpage and Rentboy.
A federal judge says an anti-porn group's suit against Twitter can move forward, in a case that could portend a dangerous expansion of how courts define "sex trafficking."
The only thing FOSTA has done is chill speech and make catching sex traffickers more difficult.
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Since FOSTA passed in 2018, "sex workers have faced increased violence" and "have been forced onto the streets," the California congressman says.
The cases hinges on two laws—FOSTA and Section 230—that have been hotly contested in recent years.
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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."
Last Year Saw 'Furthest-Reaching Attempt to Censor Online Speech' Since the 1990s, Say FOSTA Challengers
As the lawsuit against FOSTA hits appeals court, three essays about the law that everyone should read.
2018 was a mixed bag, but that means there was still a lot of good news.
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The bill makes "promoting prostitution" a federal crime, holds websites legally liable for user-posted content, and lets states retroactively prosecute offenders.
A related measure would open digital platforms to liability for past crimes committed by users.