Feb 27, 2018

House approves anti-trafficking bill that frustrates web companies

Sen. Rob Portman has been a key player in the trafficking fight. Photo: Drew Angerer/Getty Images

The House passed legislation Tuesday that allows victims of sex trafficking to sue websites that facilitated the crimes against them by knowingly hosting illicit ads.

  • The final version of the legislative package passed overwhelmingly, although more than 100 lawmakers voted against adding language from the Senate that particularly rankled internet companies.

Why it matters: The passage of the bill is a victory for victims and their families who say they’re unable to seek justice against websites that facilitate trafficking. But it also weakens the historically ironclad legal protections for online platforms, like YouTube and Facebook, that host user generated content.

What’s next?: The bill still requires a vote in the Senate.

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The rematch of the century

Illustration: Eniola Odetunde/Axios

The weekend's biggest sporting event is Wilder-Fury II, which despite its name is not an action movie sequel starring Jean-Claude Van Damme but, rather, a boxing match starring arguably the two best heavyweights in the world.

The backdrop: In their first meeting in December 2018, Deontay Wilder and Tyson Fury put on a memorable show at Staples Center, with Fury surviving a brutal right hand in the 12th round to earn a split-decision draw.

Pro-Trump warrior takes the helm of U.S. intelligence

Richard Grenell in Berlin. Photo: Sean Gallup/Getty Images

By picking Ambassador Richard Grenell to be acting director of national intelligence, President Trump has slotted a pro-Trump warrior into the ultimate apolitical role.

What they're saying: James Clapper, the longest-serving DNI (2010-2017), tells Axios it's "very worrisome installing a partisan with no real intelligence experience in this position."

Coronavirus kills 2 Diamond Princess passengers as Israel confirms first case

Data: The Center for Systems Science and Engineering at Johns Hopkins, the CDC, and China's Health Ministry. U.S. numbers include Americans extracted from Princess Cruise ship.

Two elderly Diamond Princess passengers have been killed by the novel coronavirus — the first deaths confirmed among the more than 600 infected aboard the cruise ship — as Israel confirmed its first case among evacuees from the ship.

The big picture: COVID-19 has now killed more than 2,200 people and infected over 76,000 others, mostly in mainland China, where the National Health Commission announced 118 new deaths since Thursday.

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