Facebook failed to protect against teen sex trafficking, court rules, paving the way for tech companies to be held liable when they're used for criminal activity
The Texas Supreme Court ruled that Facebook can be held liable for sex trafficking recruitment.
Facebook argued that it should not be held liable because it is shielded by Section 230.
A recent report found most online recruitment in active sex trafficking cases in 2020 was on Facebook.
"The Texas Supreme Court ruled Friday that Facebook can be held liable for sex traffickers that use its platform to recruit and prey on child victims.
As the Houston Chronicle reported, the ruling followed three local lawsuits involving teenage victims who had met their traffickers through Facebook's messaging tools. The plaintiffs said
Facebook was negligent and did not attempt to key sex trafficking off its technology.
Facebook has argued that it is shielded by the protections of Section 230 — part of an internet law that states online platforms are not liable for what people post on their services — and should therefore not be held responsible for what is posted on its platform.
But the Texas Supreme Court said Section 230 doesn't mean Facebook can operate as a "lawless no-man's-land,"
I hope it sticks... FB has acted with impunity on censorship while ignoring the real issues on its site. Suspended people for just making comments and sharing opinions while letting all this go on behind the scenes. Bad, bad FB.
FB has banned words.. you CAN'T say "I think i'm ugly" or "after yesterday, today at work is going to be ugly." But kids have been, can be trafficked.
Reports say, "Over half of online recruitment in active sex trafficking cases last year occurred on Facebook."
"The majority of online recruitment in active sex trafficking cases in the U.S. last year took place on Facebook, according to the Human Trafficking Institute's 2020 Federal Human Trafficking Report."
"The internet has become the dominant tool that traffickers use to recruit victims, and they often recruit them on a number of very common social networking websites," Human Trafficking Institute CEO Victor Boutros said on CBSN Wednesday. "Facebook overwhelmingly is used by traffickers to recruit victims in active sex trafficking cases."
No more games FB, do whats right for a change.