A new bill could become the first law to apply criminal penalties to website owners due to posts of that site’s users

Voat is up in arms about this, and for good reason, it may also go to explain why Reddit suddenly decided to remove a bunch of the Deepfake / Fakeapp related subreddits.

A new bill could become the first law to apply criminal penalties to website owners due to posts of that site’s users — or so Silicon Valley and tech advocates fear.

Ever since a 1996 law, no internet website or company can be penalized for content a user posts. That’s why Facebook, YouTube, Twitter, or Reddit can’t be sued when anybody uses their platform to post hate speech or advocations of violence or terrorism.

The Stop Enabling Sex Traffickers Act would open a crack in that prohibition. The bill would allow the government to prosecute websites which knowingly help or promote sex trafficking, and also allow users to sue those websites.

You can read the full article on govtrack.us…

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