A California judge has agreed to give the
state attorney general's office more time to persuade him that the
operators of what she called "the world's top online brothel" should
face charges of pimping after he tentatively rejected them in a ruling.
Sacramento County Superior Court Judge
Michael Bowman said, however, in a tentative ruling Wednesday that
Harris lacked authority to bring the charges because the federal
Communications Decency Act, as a way of promoting free speech, grants
immunity to website operators for content posted by users.

The section of the Communications Decency
Act that applies to the case protects websites from content posted by
third parties, said David Greene, civil liberties director for the
Electronic Frontier Foundation. It immunizes sites such as Yelp.com from
being held accountable for scathing reviews left by customers or online
news sites from vicious reader comments.

Thursday, November 17, 2016
Associated Press