Facebook has been accused on allowing sex trafficking to flourish on its site. A lawsuit was filed in Texas, after three teenagers met traffickers through Facebook Messenger.
The victims were reportedly preyed on through the social media platform’s messaging system – prompting prosecutors to claim the site was negligent in not better blocking sex trafficking opportunities.
Facebook contended that it is protected under Section 230 – an internet law that says online platforms are not responsible for third–party content posted on the service’s site.
“Holding internet platforms accountable for words or actions of their users is one thing, and the federal precedent uniformly dictates that section 230 does not allow it,” the court found, according to the Chronicle. “Holding internet platforms accountable for their own misdeeds is quite another thing. This is particularly the case for human trafficking.”Fox Business
In light of the ruling, some users on Twitter were calling for the Facebook app to be removed from the Apple App Store:
With this ruling, Facebook can be held liable for not doing enough to stop criminals from using their platforms. If this goes national, it would end the protections that social media companies have. They’ll have to put more effort into stopping these crimes before they happen.