Web firms lead last-ditch push to change sex trafficking bill

Senator Rob Portman talks to reporters on a train
Sen. Rob Portman. Photo: Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call/ Getty Images

A group of web companies including Twitter, Reddit and Yelp are mounting a last-ditch effort to modify an anti-trafficking bill that would make it possible for trafficking victims to sue websites that facilitate the crime.

Why it matters: It highlights the way that smaller web companies haven't followed some of their larger counterparts in backing the bill as the debate comes to a close on Capitol Hill. At issue is the way the legislation would weaken the historically ironclad prohibition on suing an online platform over user-generated content.