Trump Signs ‘FOSTA’ Into Law, Enabling Internet Censorship That Puts Sex Workers at Risk

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President Donald Trump signed a controversial bill today that’s designed to combat sex trafficking online, but has incited strong opposition from sex workers who say that the law, if enacted, will jeopardize their safety.

The new law, the Fight Online Sex Trafficking Act or FOSTA, carves out exceptions to the Communications Decency Act, which prevents online platforms from being held legally accountable for what their users post. The CDA protects companies like Facebook from being liable for users’ lame status updates—but FOSTA and another bill it was merged with, the Stop Enabling Sex Traffickers Act (SESTA), make it so online platforms can face legal repercussions for hosting advertisements for sex work.

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