David Greene, civil liberties director for the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF), said courts across the United States have affirmed the fact that Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act shields Backpage and other online publishers from liability for the content their users create. And shaming a website like Backpage into shutting down its adult listings will have a chilling effect on constitutionally protected free speech, he said. "Ads for adult services are not presumptively illegal," Mr. Greene said in a statement emailed to the Monitor.

Wednesday, January 11, 2017
Christian Science Monitor