(It doesn't apply for federal crimes.) Section 230 says that unless they create the content in whole or part, these platforms shall not be treated as the speaker of such content, and good-faith efforts at content moderation (like banning ads that explicitly mention illegal acts or auto-filtering out content that contains prohibited words) do not change this.Under FOSTA, this won't apply when paid sex is concerned.To reach them, Congress had to carve a hole in Section 230, which has governed the internet for 22 years.It protects web platforms from being sued in civil court or criminally charged by state prosecutors for third-party (i.e., user-posted) content.
"Craigslist isn't the only one making changes since FOSTA's passage.
On Friday, the adult-ad forum City Vibes disappeared.
And on Thursday, Reddit banned several sex-related subreddits, including r/Escorts, r/Male Escorts, and r/Sugar Daddy.
Consider it one of the first—but certainly not the last—casualties of new legislation passed by the Senate this week 97-2.
The bill, euphemistically known as the "Fight Online Sex Trafficking Act," or FOSTA, was passed by the House of Representatives in late February.