Facebook Liable for Human Trafficking Connections: Court Ruling

Facebook Liable for Human Trafficking Connections: Court Ruling

By Andrea Cipriano | June 28, 2021

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The Texas State Supreme Court has ruled that Facebook cannot be considered a “lawless no-man’s land” and must be held liable for the conduct of individuals who use its communicative technology to recruit and prey, the Houston Chronicle reports.

This is the first case to beat Facebook on its argument that it had immunity under Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act.

The ruling follows a trio of Houston civil action lawsuits involving teenage trafficking survivors who detail meeting their abusive pimps through Facebook messenger. The survivors further argued that the California-based social media company was negligent, saying Facebook “failed to warn about or attempt to prevent sex trafficking from taking place on its internet platforms.” 

The survivors also allege that Facebook itself benefited from the sexual exploitation of trafficking victims, the Houston Chronicle details.

https://thecrimereport.org/2021/06/28/facebook-liable-for-human-trafficking-connections-court-ruling/