Backpage.com Shut Down by
U.S. Authorities

(Photo: Sacramento County Sheriff’s Office)

U.S. officials seized the sex marketplace website, Backpage.com, as part of an enforcement action by the FBI, according to a posting on the website on Friday.

Ninety-three charges were brought against Backpage co-founder Michael Lacey in a sealed indictment.

President Trump is expected to sign legislation this week, known as SESTA, that holds  social media networks, advertisers and others that fail to keep sex trafficking and exploitative materials off their platforms liable for knowingly doing so.  It amends the Section 230 safe harbors of the Communications Decency Act (which make online services immune from civil liability for the actions of their users) to exclude enforcement of federal or state sex trafficking laws from its immunity.

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