Rob Portman

Their clout diminished, Silicon Valley firms abandon fight over sex-trafficking bill

Their clout diminished, Silicon Valley firms abandon fight over sex-trafficking bill

Battered from attacks by lawmakers and the public over the criminal activity taking place on their platforms, large internet companies have stopped fighting a push in Congress to combat online sex trafficking by holding them more accountable for the content on their sites.

The abrupt turnabout by the trade association representing such firms as Google, Facebook and Amazon enabled senators backed by victims’ rights advocates and almost every state attorney general on Wednesday to advance a measure limiting the legal immunity of websites where trafficking is promoted.

The Commerce Committee’s unanimous passage of the Stop Enabling Sex Traffickers Act signaled a weakening of...

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