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News Story
8/1/2017
Posted by Mark Reback
The Senate on Tuesday introduced an amendment to a law that protects the hosts of websites from liability for content posted by others to go after sites such as Backpage.com that have been criticized for facilitating child sex trafficking. The legislation, along with a similar bill in the House, sets the stage for a battle between...
News Release
7/20/2017
Posted by John M. Simpson
SANTA MONICA, CA – Consumer Watchdog today called on the House Commerce Committee and Judiciary Committee to hold immediate hearings on a bill amending a key Internet law so websites like Backpage.com that facilitate child sex trafficking can be held accountable by victims and state attorneys general. The bipartisan bill, Rep. Ann Wagner...
News Release
6/7/2017
Posted by John M. Simpson
MOUNTAIN VIEW, CA – Alphabet Inc., parent company of Google, today refused to back a change in Internet law that would enable victims to hold websites that intentionally facilitate online child sex-trafficking accountable, at the company’s annual shareholders meeting. The refusal came from Kent Walker, Sr. Vice President and General...
News Story
6/7/2017
Posted by Mark Reback
MOUNTAIN VIEW — A proposal from two investment firms to order Google’s parent firm Alphabet to issue a report on an alleged “gender pay gap” was dead even before it was read out at Wednesday’s annual stockholders meeting. Earlier proxy voting by investors killed the measure, which was also proposed last year, Alphabet...
News Story
5/30/2017
Posted by Mark Reback
Was that job offer rescinded when your soon-to-be employer “Googled” you and found those sex photos you’d forgotten about? Was a potentially perfect life partner turned off when a police mug shot from two decades ago turned up on an obscure website? The state of New York is considering a way to end these kinds of high-tech...
News Release
5/23/2017
Posted by John M. Simpson
SANTA MONICA, CA – Consumer Watchdog today called on tech companies including Google, Facebook, Twitter, Amazon and Microsoft, to support amending a key Internet law so websites like Backpage.com that facilitate child sex trafficking can be held accountable by victims and state attorneys general. Consumer Watchdog’s call came at the...
News Story
5/19/2017
Posted by Mark Reback
It’s tough getting a consensus on anything these days, but child sex abuse and human trafficking are generally considered indefensible crimes. So who’s defending them? According to “I Am Jane Doe,” that would be Google. And Microsoft. And Facebook. And Yahoo. Directed by Mary Mazzio (“Lemonade Stories,” “...
News Story
5/19/2017
Posted by Mark Reback
Imagine taking shelter from a downpour under a large umbrella, when an unkempt gentleman in a trench coat and no pants joins you to avail himself of the same protection. That’s the situation Google finds itself in with respect to a law that shields companies running websites from liability over material posted by others. For the...
Video
5/18/2017
Posted by Evan Thomas King
In a new report, Consumer Watchdog and its coalition partners uncover how Google helped fund the defense of websites accused of aiding child sex trafficking.  Backpage.com, the website in question, has knowingly hosted ads for child prostitution.
News Release
5/17/2017
Posted by John M. Simpson
SANTA MONICA, CA – A coalition of anti-child sex trafficking and public interest groups, and the mother of a trafficking victim, today released a report detailing how a Google-funded campaign protects a law that shields a notorious hub of child sex-trafficking, Backpage.com, from any accountability for its activities. Google and the...