Stop SESTA/FOSTA: Don’t Let Congress Censor the Internet
By Elliot Harmon
Posted March 13, 2018
The U.S. Senate is about to vote on a bill that would be disastrous for online speech and communities.
The Allow States and Victims to Fight Online Sex Trafficking Act (FOSTA, H.R. 1865) might sound appealing, but it would do nothing to fight sex traffickers. What it would do is silence a lot of legitimate speech online, shutting some voices out of online spaces.
This dangerous bill has already passed the House of Representatives, and it’s expected to come up for a Senate vote in the next few days. If you care about preserving the Internet as a place where everyone can gather, learn, and share ideas—even controversial ones—it’s time to call your senators. More…
Our politicians just keep coming at us with an alphabet soup of laws trying to censor and change the Internet as we know it. We sucessfully defeated CISPA, SOPA, PIPA, and ACTA, and now we have SESTA and FOSTA. All in the name of protecting people of course. How clever they are with their language and naming of the bill in order to obfuscate the real intent. It seems that they keep trying and trying in the hope that eventually one of them will stick. Get to know how “your” elected officials vote on these and remember them in the next election.