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 by …
Sponsor and status
Sponsor. Junior Senator for Ohio. Republican.
Last Updated: Jan 10, 2018
Length: 10 pages
115th Congress (2017–2019)
This bill was introduced on November 8, 2017, in a previous session of Congress, but it did not receive a vote.
Although this bill was not enacted, its provisions could have become law by being included in another bill. It is common for legislative text to be introduced concurrently in multiple bills (called companion bills), re-introduced in subsequent sessions of Congress in new bills, or added to larger bills (sometimes called omnibus bills).
70 Cosponsors (43 Republicans, 27 Democrats)
What legislators are saying
“President Signs Heller-Backed Bill to Stop Online Sex Trafficking in Nevada”
— Sen. Dean Heller [R-NV, 2011-2018] (Co-sponsor) on Apr 11, 2018
Aug 1, 2017
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Sep 19, 2017
Considered by Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation
A committee held a hearing or business meeting about the bill.
Nov 8, 2017
A committee has voted to issue a report to the full chamber recommending that the bill be considered further. Only about 1 in 4 bills are reported out of committee.
Jan 10, 2018
Reported by Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation
A committee issued a report on the bill, which often provides helpful explanatory background on the issue addressed by the bill and the bill's intentions.
S. 1693 (115th) was a bill in the United States Congress.
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Bills numbers restart every two years. That means there are other bills with the number S. 1693. 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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