A US government effort to fight online sex trafficking has cleansed many sites of personal and consensual eroticism, in a shift advocates say amounts to dangerous censorship. Porn performers are complaining that Google Drive is no longer allowing them to share erotic videos with private clients.
All of this has happened in recent days and weeks; a particular genre of online sex, it seems, is vanishing from the internet. While intended to protect victims of sex trafficking, critics say the bill will force internet platforms to censor their users in order to avoid being prosecuted for newly created sex trafficking offenses.
Some sex workers argue the bill will hurt those who voluntarily work in the sex industry by pushing them off the internet and back on to the streets. Internet advocates say the bill may the beginning of a crackdown on free speech online.
The law puts new limits on Section of the Communications Decency Act, which has broadly protected internet providers from being held liable for content posted by their users. And, where there is doubt, platforms will err on the side of censorship. The bill passed through both the House and the Senate with broad bipartisan support and now awaits the ature of the president.
Supporters of the new legislation said existing laws have allowed victims, including children, to be bought and sold through blatant on internet sites, which has created a surge of exploitation resulting in a multibillion-dollar industry. The group specifically targeted one of the most notorious sites for sex industry advertising, Back.
The National Center for Missing and Exploited Children has said that nearly three-quarters of the 10, reports of potentially sex-trafficked children that it receives every year involve victims who were advertised on Back.
But the company has managed to shake off attempts to shut down its posting of potential trafficking .
Meanwhile, other areas of the internet are feeling the chill that has surrounded the bill. Another website taken offline was Pounced. A notice on the site said it was purely a personals site and not devoted to prostitution at all.
Now if someone posts an ad looking to exchange sex for something to pounced. In a statement, Microsoft said the new rules, which go into effect on 1 May, are not related to the new bill.
If the files are deemed to violate the policy after undergoing a review, he said those videos may not be watched or shared, but they can still be accessed by their owners. He said that, to his knowledge, there has been no recent increase in this kind of enforcement.
A site called YourDominatrix. VerifyHim, a site devoted to helping sex workers stay safe by screening their clients, also removed its discussion forums. Consensual sex workers say the new law will make the industry less safebecause they have been able to use internet sites without having to wander the streets.
On Twitter, sex workers who had once managed their s online were scrambling to find new ways to do business in light of the disruptions caused by the law. She said she uses her sex work to survive as a single mom. Scrubbed clean: why a certain kind of sex is vanishing from the internet.
Sex workers argue a US sex trafficking bill will hurt those who voluntarily work in the industry by pushing them off the internet and back onto the streets. Sexual freedom is at risk from these damning new bills passed by Congress Steven W Thrasher.
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