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J.S. et al. v. Backpage (Washington Supreme Court)

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J.S. et al. v. Backpage (Washington Supreme Court)

This week the Washington Supreme Court in J.S. et al. v. Backpage ruled that 47 U.S.C. 230 (Communications Decency Act) does not prevent three young girls who were trafficked on Backpage from suing the site.  Generally speaking, the CDA gives social media providers like Backpage immunity from the actions of their users so long as they don’t materially contribute to the content.  In this case, the plaintiffs assert that, Backpage “did more than just provide a forum for illegal content; the plaintiffs allege the defendants helped develop it.”

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