Second largest Online Classified Ad Service is going to be given clean chit against the charges it was holding against illegal activities listed over their website. The charges were said to be “going” to be taken aback because a federal immunity shield for tech companies came forward to protect the directory website against prosecution for content posted by third parties.
Many of us might be familiar with BackPage.com, for those who don’t know, BackPage is the second largest Classified Ad Service after Craigslist working over in the United States used to list local listings inside the nation, much like Yellow Pages.
The website and its share holders were held responsible for illegal activities being listed openly over the website which included sex trafficking, especially of children. There was much debate by tech enthusiasts over the fact that how much liability tech companies should be facing for user-generated content posted over their platforms as it is very hard to check each and every content posted.
California Attorney General Kamala Harris last month alleged BackPage CEO Carl Ferrer along with company’s shareholders, Michael Lacey and James Larkin for the above mentioned reasons but the defenders stated that everything was listed by “third party” over BackPage and they also stated that the state council itself doesn’t knew if the defendants knew anything about the ads posted.
They argued that under the Federal Communications Decency Act, they shouldn’t be punished for content posted by third parties. The charges against all the above were posted by three girls, according to them they were raped three times after their ads were posted online and they alleged that Backpage’s rules were intended to instruct “pimps” about how to post human trafficking ads accordingly that evade law enforcement.
According to a Californian judge he was going to take a back all the charges against BackPage as they were being protected by a federal immunity shield for tech companies that came forward to protect the directory website against prosecution for content posted by third parties. Another shocking revelation came where child trafficking was present and that case came from Massachusetts related to BackPage.com