A group of advocacy organizations, including Consumer Watchdog, Deliver Fund, Faith & Freedom Coalition and The Rebecca Project for Justice, sent a letter to Google yesterday, asking it to “cease its campaign to blindly oppose necessary modifications in Section 230 that would allow such cynical businesses as to be held accountable for actively aiding and abetting child sex trafficking.” The missive, which is addressed to Alphabet CEO Larry Page and chairman Eric Schmidt along with Google CEO Sundar Pichai, also name checks two “nonprofit recipients of Google’s largesse”: the Center for Democracy and Technology (CDT) and the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF).
Both of these organizations defend digital civil liberties like online privacy and net neutrality.
Five members of Congress who head anti-human-trafficking groups called on Attorney General Jeff Sessions to launch a criminal investigation of after a trove of documents revealed that the website hired a company in the Philippines to lure advertisers and customers seeking sex. Rob Portman (R-Ohio) and Claire Mc Caskill (D-Mo.), who lead a subcommittee that has investigated Backpage since 2015, along with Sen. The committee wrote to Sessions saying that it had “determined that there is reasonable cause to believe that violations of law may have occurred.” The newly revealed documents, obtained through an unrelated lawsuit, show workers at Avion BPO in the Philippines focused on adding and promoting sexual ads.
“This is an utter lie.” The Senate Permanent Subcommittee on Investigations, chaired by Portman, found in January that Backpage was removing offensive terms from its sex ads but allowing the ads, some with possible child-trafficking content, to remain posted.
Carl Ferrer, left, James Larkin and Michael Lacey were charged in a pimping case in connection with international classified ad website (Sacramento County Sheriff's Office via Associated Press) A contractor for the controversial classifieds website has been aggressively soliciting and creating sex-related ads, despite Backpage's repeated insistence that it had no role in the content of ads posted on its site, according to a trove of newly discovered documents.
The documents show that Backpage hired a company in the Philippines to lure advertisers - and customers seeking sex - from sites run by its competitors.
The spreadsheets, emails, audio files and employee manuals were revealed in an unrelated legal dispute and provided to The Washington Post.
Both the EFF and the CDT are also involved with Google’s policy fellowship program.Dedicated to verified college students and alumni (via education database). Alumni cannot initiate or respond to contact or post status updates. Members only see intersection of what they are looking for and what other members are looking for. Free messaging and status posting for undergraduates (5 messages/day limit).For years, Backpage executives have adamantly denied claims made by members of Congress, state attorneys general, law enforcement and sex-abuse victims that the site has facilitated prostitution and child sex trafficking.Backpage argues it is a passive carrier of "third-party content" and has no control of sex-related ads posted by pimps, prostitutes and even organized trafficking rings.