Jan 3, 2018

Measure to fight trafficking online gets to key threshold

Republican Rob Portman is a key sponsor of an anti-trafficking measure that initially worried tech. Photo: Win McNamee/Getty Images

A Senate bill that would allow trafficking victims to sue web platforms that facilitate the crime now has support from 60 lawmakers, a filibuster-proof number in the chamber. Its authors are asking the full body to vote on the proposal urgently.

  • Why it matters: The bill weakens the law that shields services like Google and Facebook from legal liability for things their users post. Those companies supported a modified version of the proposal.
  • Yes, but: A proposal has advanced in the House that anti-trafficking advocates don't support — but tech does — which complicates the fate of the Senate bill.
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