Sen. Lindsey Graham ︎
March 5, 2020

The bill entitled “Eliminating Abusive and Rampant Neglect of Interactive Technologies Act of 2020” (EARN-IT) was introducted today in Senate to make amendments to the Communications Act of 1934, section 230, known as the Communications Decency Act of 1996. The aim is to “develop recommended best practices,” for digital service providers to implement in combating “online sexual exploitation of children, including the enticement, grooming, sex trafficking, and sexual abuse of children and the proliferation of online child sexual abuse material.” The bill recommends special considerations for law enforcement in their investigations and prosecutions on victims of sexual abuse.



U.S. President Donald J. Trump ︎
April 11, 2018

Bills “Stop Enabling Sex Trafficking Act” (SESTA) and “Allow States and Victims to Fight Online Sex Trafficking Act” (FOSTA) have been officiated and conjoined into public law H.R. 1865. Removing legal protections from (and therefore increased liability on) Internet Service Providers in crimes related to sexual exploitation of children or sex trafficking, and other related crimes.



Backpage
April 9, 2018


The domain name Backpage.com was seized by law enforcement after the arrest of its owners and operators for allegations of “conspiracy to facilitate prostitution using a facility in interstate or foreign commerce, facilitating prostitution using a facility in interstate or foreign commerce, conspiracy to commit money laundering, concealment money laundering, international promotional money laundering, and transactional money laundering.” The site hosted classified advertisements before it was seized by authorities. [s]




U.S. Congress ︎
March 21, 2018

Today, the FOSTA bill passed in the Senate with a majority vote (97:2) to secure amendments into law, after a signing from President Trump. Once enacted, it will remove legal protections from Internet Service Providers in “criminal and civil law relating to sexual exploitation of children or sex trafficking, and for other purposes.”



U.S. Congress ︎
February 27, 2018


The bill known as FOSTA passed today in the House of Representatives with a majority vote (388:25). If passed in Senate, it will remove legal protections from “interactive computer servives” in “criminal and civil law relating to sexual exploitation of children or sex trafficking, and for other purposes.”