Wednesday morning President Trump signed a bill that reduces protections for websites that promote and enable sex trafficking. This move follows the seizure on Friday of the online sex marketplace website, Backpage.com, by federal law enforcement agencies.
The Hill reported:
The legislation, called the Allow States and Victims to Fight Online Sex Trafficking Act (FOSTA), but also referred to as SESTA after the original Senate bill, cuts into the broad protections websites have from legal liability for content posted by their users.
The bill passed easily in both the House and Senate, but faced some opposition from lawmakers who worried that smaller internet companies would face frivolous lawsuits or lack the resources to police content they shouldn’t be held liable for.
After the bill signing, President Trump re-tweeted a video clip with the State Department had tweeted, of the president signing the bill, surrounded by lawmakers and former victims of sex trafficking.
As the bill had worked its way through Congress, it faced some opposition, to which President Trump addressed on Wednesday.
“This was a tough one. It shouldn’t have been tough,” Trump said. “I guess people have reasons (to oppose the legislation), but I personally don’t understand those reasons.”
.@POTUS Trump at Signing of #FOSTA#SESTA bill: We are going to do everything in our power to make sure traffickers are brought to a swift and firm justice…When we work together, we can bring safety and hope to every community across the country. #EndTraffickingpic.twitter.com/9BFlBTxZhp
— Department of State (@StateDept) April 11, 2018