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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Was that job offer rescinded when your soon-to-be employer “Googled” you and found those sex photos you’d forgotten about?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...
News Story
5/17/2017
Posted by Evan Thomas King
'Their proposed fix might undermine all speech platforms online' The online classifieds site Backpage became notorious in recent years for its “adult services” section, where children have been bought and sold as prostitutes. In light of this statistic, the federal government recently intervened—following a...
News Story
1/13/2017
Posted by Mark Reback
They accuse Obama of loading panel with industry executives Politics, they say, makes for strange bedfellows. It's something we should probably get used to over the next four years. Consumer Watchdog, a consumer advocacy group, wants President-elect Donald Trump to reverse an Obama administration appointment, firing General Motors CEO Mary...
News Release
1/12/2017
Posted by Jamie Court
SANTA MONICA, CA – Consumer Advocates today called on President-elect Donald J. Trump to make General Motors CEO Mary Barra his first firing and remove her as co-chairman of the newly created Department of Transportation Advisory Committee on Automation in Transportation (ACAT). In a letter to Trump, Jamie Court, president of Consumer...
News Story
1/12/2017
Posted by Mark Reback
President-elect Donald Trump should fire the General Motors Chairman and CEO from her position as co-chair of the newly formed Department of Transportation Advisory Committee on Automation in Transportation, a California-based watchdog group demands. In a letter addressed to Trump, Consumer Watchdog — a nonprofit organization “...