Civil Liberties Group Files Lawsuit Over Anti-prostitution Internet Censorship Law

by Admin on July 3, 2018

Last week, the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) sued the US federal government over SESTA-FOSTA, an act signed into law by President Donald Trump making it a crime to promote or facilitate prostitution online, according to Rolling Stone.

Due to the vague wording of the bill and the increased liabilities it places on any outlet that could be construed as “promoting” or “facilitating”, the EFF and other civil liberties groups argue that it violates the First and Fifth Amendments by preventing people from using online forums to discuss sex and other related matters for fear of prosecution.

And the fallout is already being seen in the wake of the legislation becoming enacted law. Craigslist shut down their personals section in order to avoid liability. Instagram increased scrutiny on sexual hashtags. Reddit banned some sex-related subreddits. And Patreon suspended adult-themed accounts.

Essentially, the new law has forced companies into self-censoring content sex work and sex in general for fear of culpability.

Read the full story here.

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