Today was a dark day for the Internet.
The U.S. Senate just voted 97-2 to pass the Allow States and Victims to Fight Online Sex Trafficking Act (FOSTA, H.R. 1865), a bill that silences online speech by forcing Internet platforms to censor their users. As lobbyists and members of Congress applaud themselves for enacting a law tackling the problem of trafficking, let’s be clear: Congress just made trafficking victims less safe, not more.
The version of FOSTA that just passed the Senate combined an earlier version of FOSTA (what we call FOSTA 2.0) with the Stop Enabling Sex Traffickers Act (SESTA, S. 1693). The history of SESTA/FOSTA—a bad bill that turned into a worse bill and then was rushed through votes in both houses of Congress—is a story about Congress’ failure to see that its good intentions can result in bad law. It’s a story of Congress’ failure to listen to the constituents who’d be most affected by the laws it passed. It’s also the story of some players in the tech sector choosing to settle for compromises and half-wins that will put ordinary people in danger.
How Congress Censored the Internet
Today was a dark day for the Internet.
muh free speech
"we care so much about this that we didn't use our network over internetdefenseleague.org
craiglist shut down their personals relationship thing because of it
I'm currently raping a child as we speak, time to shut down 8ch.
EVERY FUCKING TIME
We still have free speech. Just not over the internet. But that's okay. The internet doesn't have to be your platform. Get up out of your chairs, go over to your window, open it up and yell "I'm mad as hell, and I'm not going to take it anymore!"
mfw all speech is free speech if the secret police don't hear it and nobody reports it
mfw this is the system's worst nightmare come true
I tried that and some people down the street shouted back "Aloha Snackbar!"
open window and yell "I'm mad as hell, and I'm not going to take it anymore!"
neighbor in tears, police called
"do you have any weapons sir? your going to have to come with us"
"mandatory 3 day mental evaluation in hospital prison"
warrant issued, weapons taken
unable to vote
unable to sign legal documents or bank without legal guardian
try to leave country to get out of this hell
passport denied for mental health reasons
Is wonderful all of the fags are rioting because they can't solicit strangers to stick cock anymore.
Fight Online Sex Trafficking Act
I hate when bills are named in a way where people who are against it are countered by others who have just heard the title of the bill.
I'm against the Fight Online Sex Trafficking Act because it puts much of a
<What? How can you be against stopping online sex trafficing?
<Are you a rapist?
<Think of all the children.
The platform liability created by new Section 230 carve outs applies retroactively—meaning the increased liability applies to trafficking that took place before the law passed.
Congress censored Americans, not The Internet.
I am from EU and this does whatever USA law does not affect me.
think again, bozo. Most sites are hosted in America, and another law passed that allows the US to force other countries to censor or give info from foreign servers that are owned by US companies
What is this and why should I care?
It was inevitable. They passed no NN now they passed this. It's obvious nobody can enforce this law universally since almost every webhost is a victim of it. So they will selectively enforce it.
Suck it up faggots.
Most sites are hosted in America
Yeah, most sites hosted in US are shit anyways, nothing of value will be lost.
what's a site not hosted in US that isn't shit?
Here's one: myabandonware.com
You can also find a lot of 80's microcomputer-related stuff on european servers. I care a lot more about those than trendy modern botnet shit.
Other example: autometer.de
I prefer abandonia but I don't know where it's hosted.