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9/20/2017
Posted by Mark Reback
No origin story of the internet would be complete without mentioning one of its legal pillars: Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act, a 21-year-old law that shields tech companies from liability for content posted by users. Silicon Valley has long argued that any change to the law would hamper free speech and destroy the internet as we...
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9/18/2017
Posted by Mark Reback
In its next step to amend a federal law which allows websites such as Backpage.com to host ads for child sex-trafficking, the Senate is holding its first hearing Tuesday on a bill entitled the Stop Enabling Sex Traffickers Act. But big Internet companies such as Google, Facebook and a host of others say the bill is a bad idea — “a...
News Release
9/14/2017
Posted by John M. Simpson
SANTA MONICA, CA – Consumer Watchdog today called upon the executives of Google and Facebook to testify at a Senate hearing next week – rather than hide – and explain their position that a key Internet law should not be amended so websites that facilitate online sex trafficking, like Backpage can be held accountable. “Tech...
News Story
9/14/2017
Posted by Mark Reback
Why does Oracle support SESTA? Since the Stop Enabling Sex Traffickers Act of 2017 was introduced in the Senate in August, tech companies and advocacy groups have been mobilizing in a battle to control its message. Digital rights organizations like the Electronic Frontier Foundation have called it “disastrous for free speech online,”...
News Story
9/14/2017
Posted by Mark Reback
One victim of sex trafficking began her ordeal when she was 15. She was sold through the website Backpage.com for sex to men across Massachusetts, New York, Connecticut, New Hampshire, and Maine. She was raped over 600 times over the course of four months. Another victim was sex trafficked through Backpage for three years — starting when she...
News Story
9/13/2017
Posted by Mark Reback
Puts it at odds with computer company members of CCIA 21st Century Fox has come out in support of a bill its backers say is meant to crack down on human sex trafficking. But Fox's stand puts it in opposition to some big edge providers—Google, Facebook, Amazon—who argue the bill's unintended consequence is to take a big bite out...
News Story
9/12/2017
Posted by Mark Reback
The fading of the tech industry’s bipartisan glow in Washington puts it at risk for tighter regulations The days of unqualified praise from Washington are over for the country’s biggest tech companies, whose size and power are increasingly drawing attacks from both the left and the right. Democrats are condemning Facebook for allowing...
News Release
9/7/2017
Posted by John M. Simpson
SANTA MONICA, CA – Consumer Watchdog today praised Tech giant Oracle for breaking ranks with the rest of the industry and supporting bipartisan Congressional efforts to amend a key Internet law so rogue websites like Backpage can be held accountable for facilitating child sex trafficking. CoStar Group Inc., a real estate technology company...
News Release
8/1/2017
Posted by John M. Simpson
SANTA MONICA, CA – Consumer Watchdog today warned that the tech industry is pressing the Trump Administration to adopt language in a new North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) deal that would protect websites like the notorious Backpage.com that facilitate child sex-trafficking.  The tech industry efforts come as Congress is...
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...