Letter to Senate Commerce for Hearing on S. 1693 (SESTA)
The ACLU sent this letter to the Senate Commerce, Science, and Transportation Committee in advance of a hearing on S. 1693, The Stop Enabling Sex Traffickers Act of 2017 (SESTA). The legislation proposes to narrow immunity provisions to section 230 of the Communications Act of 1934. As originally devised, section 230 became one of the key drivers behind the explosion of Internet-based commerce and speech. The letter recognizes that stopping sex trafficking is an important goal, and urges the committee to formulate legislation in a way that maintains the Internet’s diverse ecosystem of speech.