Backpage asked a court to dismiss the case, citing the 1996
Communications Decency Act, and saying the prosecution had provided no
proof that Backpage’s business had been anything more than web
publishing. On Wednesday, a judge agreed that the CDA barred the charges against the site, and tentatively ruled to dismiss the case. David Greene, civil liberties director at the Electronic Frontier
Foundation, says the controversy over the site can’t be separated
from the broader protections of the law. “The big picture view is that
people aren’t out there defending Backpage. They’re out there defending
the Internet as we know it,” he said. “You can’t only grant immunity to
people you like.”

Wednesday, November 16, 2016