Twitter Pushes Back Against Child Trafficking Lawsuit

Twitter Pushes Back Against Child Trafficking Lawsuit

(TargetLiberty.org) – In January, a child sex trafficking survivior and their parents filed a lawsuit against Twitter. Now the social media giant is using a controversial provision to defend itself.

According to the lawsuit, Twitter profited from explicit content that depicted the 13-year-old sexual trafficking survivor when it failed to remove the content from its platform. Multiple people allegedly reported the content, but it remained up for nine days. The family of the victim claim Twitter only took it down after being contacted by Homeland Security.

The suit states the company’s “policies, practices, business model and technology” have led to a system that profits off of the “distribution of sexual exploitation material.” On March 10, Twitter filed a motion to dismiss based on Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act.

Currently, Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act shields Twitter and other tech companies from what users post on their platforms. The company’s use of the provision to defend itself in the lawsuit — while simultaneously censoring conservative political voices — is another example of why Congress needs to change this law.

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