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The bill amends the federal criminal code to add a new section that imposes penalties—a fine, a prison term of up to 10 years, or both—on a person who, using a facility or means of interstate or foreign commerce, owns, manages, or operates an interactive computer service (or attempts or conspires to do so) to promote or facilitate the prostitution of another person.
I don't understand the sense of entitlement that online/app businesses have. Many seem to believe that innovating is synonymous with ignoring laws in favor of writing their own rules.I believe it comes down to anonymity, or the belief "you can't find me." That is why proxy server websites are proliferating.
I don't understand the sense of entitlement
why is it illegal to sell something that is perfectly legal to give away?That's a bit disingenuous, since one category of licensing is precisely concerned with charging money. (As opposed to, say, a medical license or driving license, where you're not allowed to do it at all.) You can look after your own kids, but most jurisdictions expect day-care providers to be licensed. You can have friends over for dinner, but if money changes hands, look for the health inspector. It is perfectly OK to cut a friend's hair, but if you ask them to pay for it, you need a cosmetology license.
really just an expansion of the Mann Act, isn't it?
The U.S. Congress has passed the Stop Enabling Sex-Trafficking Act (SESTA, also known as The Allow States and Victims to Fight Online Sex Trafficking Act or FOSTA). SESTA amends Section 230 of the 1996 Communications Decency Act, a federal law which has served as the bedrock of protection for online publishers from being held liable for user’s posts on their sites. Under SESTA / FOSTA, the U.S. government can prosecute websites and those that operate them criminally for posts made by users.
As a result of this new law, <website> has made the difficult decision to block access to the website from the United States until such time as the courts have enjoined enforcement of the law, the law has been repealed or amended, or <website> has found a way to sufficiently address any legal concerns created by the new law. <website> is not alone in responding to this threat to your First Amendment Rights. Other websites have taken or are expected to take similar actions.
platforms for speech is as dangerous as directly restricting free speechGranted. However, while the First Amendment states
So, some are blocking US visitors because of your SESTA/FOSTA, I hope this is not the same who are also planning on blocking EU visitors because of the GDPR, otherwise they won't have much traffic remaining ...Why, sure, they can still get lots of visitors from Ch... Oh. Right.