About the bill
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.
Context and what the bill does
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.
The word “knowingly” is key there, as the legislation was sparked ...
Sponsor and status
Sponsor. Representative for Missouri's 2nd congressional district. Republican.
Last Updated: Mar 23, 2018
Length: 4 pages
115th Congress (2017–2019)
Enacted — Signed by the President on Apr 11, 2018
This bill was enacted after being signed by the President on April 11, 2018.
What legislators are saying
“Wagner Statement on President Signing FOSTA into Law”
— Rep. Ann Wagner [R-MO2] (Sponsor) on Apr 16, 2018
“With Backpage.com and Other Sites Shutting Down, Rep. Maloney, Trafficking Victims and Advocates Celebrate Impact of Bill to Combat Online Sex Trafficking”
— Rep. Carolyn Maloney [D-NY12] (Co-sponsor) on Apr 9, 2018
H.R. 1865 (115th) was a bill in the United States Congress.
A bill must be passed by both the House and Senate in identical form and then be signed by the President to become law.
Bills numbers restart every two years. That means there are other bills with the number H.R. 1865. This is the one from the 115th Congress.
This bill was introduced in the 115th Congress, which met from Jan 3, 2017 to Jan 3, 2019. Legislation not passed by the end of a Congress is cleared from the books.
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“H.R. 1865 — 115th Congress: Allow States and Victims to Fight Online Sex Trafficking Act of 2017.” www.GovTrack.us. 2017. June 17, 2021 <https://www.govtrack.us/congress/bills/115/hr1865>
Allow States and Victims to Fight Online Sex Trafficking Act of 2017, Pub. L. No. 115-164, H.R. 1865, 115th Cong. (2018).
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