>> The House of Representatives has passed a bill, making it easier to penalize websites that tolerate online sex trafficking. The bill would allow states and sex trafficking victims to sue social media networks, advertisers, and others that fail to keep exploitative material off of their platforms. Dustin Voltz is on the story.
>> The legislation passed by the House of Representatives aims to equip sex trafficking victims, and State Attorneys General with more tools to go after websites that knowingly facilitate sex trafficking. This came out of a years long investigation of a website known as Backpage.com, which evidence showed that operators of that were doing little to deter this kind of behavior.
>> It's one of the most concrete actions by Congress in recent years to tighten regulation of internet firms. Major internet companies like Alphabet and Facebook had balked at supporting any attempt to water down the Communications Decency Act, which protects them from liability from the activities of their users, but they ultimately backed the bill after it gained significant bipartisan support.
The concern from some in Silicon Valley is that it's going to lead to more regulation and more liability for user generated content, putting YouTube liable for comments, or videos that are posted, or Facebook being liable for any number of the different types of posts that might appear from it's 2 billion users.
The measure still needs to pass the US Senate, where a similar bill has substantial support, before reaching President Donald Trump's desk.