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With Backpage Criminal Convictions, Grip Is Tightening on the Internet

With criminal convictions for several employees of Backpage, and the site itself pleading guilty to human trafficking, it’s even more clear that the federal government is beginning to crack down on internet companies that were once protected by laws designed to help the industry grow, free from regulation. The Backpage case has also led to a new law that rolls back Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act, the key law that freed internet companies from liability for content. Backpage was, for all intents and purposes, an online brothel and pushed the government too far, but the changes will affect the entire industry. 

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