Facebook Can Be Sued For Sex Trafficking

And that’s a ruling from the Texas Supreme Court!

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The argument was on the basis that the internet space is not a “lawless-no-man’s-land.”

“We do not understand Section 230 to ‘create a lawless no-man’s-land on the Internet’ in which states are powerless to impose liability on websites that knowingly or intentionally participate in the evil of online human trafficking,” the Supreme Court’s majority wrote.

“Facebook has contended that it’s protected under Section 230 of the federal Communications Decency Act—a law that has been frequently criticized by Republicans, including former President Donald Trump. Critics have said that the rule, which shields online platforms from liability regarding third-party content, has allowed Facebook, Twitter, Google, and others to ban conservative viewpoints while unfairly allowing extreme left-wing viewpoints to proliferate.

“Holding internet platforms accountable for words or actions of their users is one thing, and the federal precedent uniformly dictates that section 230 does not allow it,” the state Supreme Court court ruled (pdf) on June 25. “Holding internet platforms accountable for their own misdeeds is quite another thing. This is particularly the case for human trafficking.”

“The Texas Supreme Court said that the sex trafficking victims can move forward with their lawsuits against Facebook. They claimed that the company violated the Texas Civil Practice and Remedies Code, which was approved in 2009.

According to the 2020 Federal Human Trafficking Report (pdf), the Human Trafficking Institute says that most of the online recruitment in active sex trafficking cases, or about 59 percent of all cases, occurred on Facebook in 2020.”


Ava Garcia

A small town girl, dreaming big, expecting to change the world with presenting the truthful events of the world today. Law degree with a master in criminology, and a devoted journalist for over 7 years, and counting. "The pen is mightier than the sword."

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