US Senate approves online sex trafficking bill

21 Mar 2018

After its approval by the US House of Representatives, a controversial online sex trafficking bill has now been approved by the US Senate. The bill is seen by many an important step in fighting online prostitution of teenagers. At the same time, the bill has become a controversial topic of discussion, as it will hold Internet companies liable for the content on their platforms. Some Internet freedom organisations even claim that the bill will lead to censorship; ‘silencing Internet users doesn’t make us safer’, and others argue that the passing of the bill constitutes ‘a major legislative loss for Silicon Valley’.

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