Court Rules Facebook Can Be Liable for Sex Trafficking on Its Platform: Section 230 Does Not ‘Create a Lawless No Man’s Land’

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The Texas Supreme Court ruled Friday that Facebook can be held liable for any sex trafficking on its platform, despite the protections of Section 230.

Facebook’s attorneys had initially argued that under Section 230 of the federal Communications Decency Act, the social media giant could not be held responsible for what a user said or wrote on its platform. However, the company acknowledged that “sex trafficking is abhorrent and not allowed,” and that they plan to “continue our fight against the spread of this content and the predators who engage in it.”

In the majority opinion, the justices wrote that Section 230 does not “create a lawless no-man’s-land on the internet” and that
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