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News Release
9/11/2017
Posted by John M. Simpson
SANTA MONICA, CA – Internet giant Google appears to be manipulating its search engine results to favor opposition to bipartisan efforts seeking to amend a key Internet law so websites like Backpage that facilitate online sex trafficking can be held accountable, Consumer Watchdog said today. Three of the top four links returned under the news...
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
8/30/2017
Posted by John M. Simpson
SANTA MONICA, CA – News today that the New America Foundation shut down its Open Markets unit after the group expressed support of European antitrust enforcement action against Internet giant Google shows how Washington think tanks live in fear of incurring Google’s ire and losing their funding, Consumer Watchdog said. The nonpartisan...
News Story
8/28/2017
Posted by Mark Reback
One victim of sex trafficking began her ordeal when she was 15. She was sold through website Backpage.com for sex to men across Massachusetts, New York, Connecticut, New Hampshire and Maine. She was raped more than 600 times over the course of four months. Another victim was sex trafficked through Backpage for three years starting when she was 14...
News Story
8/28/2017
Posted by Mark Reback
Government restrictions on online speech should be undertaken with the greatest skepticism. But when internet companies knowingly facilitate illegal acts, such as human trafficking, that’s not speech. That’s a crime. John M. Simpson of Consumer Watchdog today writes about efforts to close a loophole in the Communications Decency Act...
News Story
8/24/2017
Posted by Mark Reback
WASHINGTON -- Big internet companies are pushing for language in a renegotiated North American Free Trade Agreement that would undercut attempts by members of Congress, including many from the St. Louis area, to curb liability protection for platforms that host the controversial online advertising site Backpage. Until recently, the prime policy...
News Story
8/24/2017
Posted by Mark Reback
WASHINGTON—Big internet firms are seeking to get liability protections they enjoy in the U.S. inserted into a renegotiated North American Free Trade Agreement, adding fuel to a fight over the legal shield that some lawmakers say has facilitated online sex trafficking. The proposed change to Nafta would mean online platforms in all three...
News Story
8/19/2017
Posted by Mark Reback
By setting itself up as a gatekeeper against racism, Silicon Valley could weaken its arguments against legislation that targets other harmful online content The tech industry’s crackdown on racism could complicate one of its biggest fights in Congress, where Silicon Valley is lobbying hard against legislation aimed at weeding out other...
News Release
8/8/2017
Posted by John M. Simpson
SANTA MONICA, CA – Internet giant Google, which claims the motto “Don’t Be Evil,” is leaning on US lawmakers to oppose legislation fixing a key Internet law that shields websites enabling online child sex-trafficking, and would finally let victims hold rogue websites like Backpage accountable, Consumer Watchdog said today....
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...