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Serio VIP Member

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#1 8 months ago

I haven't seen much talk about this, but it probably deserves to be talked about as it could affect this very website.


The "Fight Online Sex Trafficking Act" sounds promising and benevolent at first, but critics have pointed out that the broad reach of the bill actually makes it a terrifying danger not just to legal sex workers but to individuals not even remotely associated with them. It puts the responsibility of keeping prostitution away from the website in the hands of the host. For instance, Craigslist has shut down its Personals section for this reason - if it was used for prostitution, the hosts of Craigslist could face up to ten years in prison.


Another example could be someone using the GameFront private messages to exchange sexual favours. Even in a legal jurisdiction - lets say they're both in Amsterdam or wherever - the vague language of the bill allegedly could land whoever is determined to be responsibility for the hosting of the GameFront servers to be responsible for the facilitation of prostitution. 


You can find more information in this TIME article from yesterday: http://time.com/5217280/sex-trafficking-fosta-craigstlist-reddit/


I think it's absolutely horrifying. I wonder if Congress realised how their sex lives are going to suffer, now that their afternoon blowjobs have to be found on street corners.




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#2 8 months ago
Posted by Serio

Another example could be someone using the GameFront private messages to exchange sexual favours. Even in a legal jurisdiction - lets say they're both in Amsterdam or wherever - the vague language of the bill allegedly could land whoever is determined to be responsibility for the hosting of the GameFront servers to be responsible for the facilitation of prostitution.

Private messages are just that though, private. We cannot reasonably prevent something we cannot have access to monitor and see, and we have zero access to see anyone's private messages.

Should it be occurring in something like a public forum thread, that might be different matter.

Sounds like they could try and go after us in this hypothetical scenario but I doubt it'll be upheld in a court of law. It's unreasonable, unless you plan on disabling every form of message exchange and interactivity on every website ever, then it's unenforceable to that extreme.


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#3 8 months ago
Posted by FileTrekker
Posted by Serio

Another example could be someone using the GameFront private messages to exchange sexual favours. Even in a legal jurisdiction - lets say they're both in Amsterdam or wherever - the vague language of the bill allegedly could land whoever is determined to be responsibility for the hosting of the GameFront servers to be responsible for the facilitation of prostitution.

Private messages are just that though, private. We cannot reasonably prevent something we cannot have access to monitor and see, and we have zero access to see anyone's private messages.

Should it be occurring in something like a public forum thread, that might be different matter.

Sounds like they could try and go after us in this hypothetical scenario but I doubt it'll be upheld in a court of law. It's unreasonable, unless you plan on disabling every form of message exchange and interactivity on every website ever, then it's unenforceable to that extreme.

Aye, that's the problem. You can't reasonably be expected to police what goes on in privacy, but due to this going after websites that "facilitate" it, it's an extremely vague target. I like to think it can't possibly hold up in a court of law, but fuck. These days? Who knows. I feel like it's a case of someone, in a drunken stupor, going "let's fuckin' ban shit that makes people speek hic"




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#4 8 months ago

From everything I've heard about this is that it's a clusterfuck wrapped up in a good sounding name.


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#5 8 months ago
Posted by RadioActiveLobster From everything I've heard about this is that it's a clusterfuck wrapped up in a good sounding name.

sounds like the end of online dating sites, including the popular ones.