US internet firms drop opposition and back bill to fight online sex trafficking

  • Internet Association announces endorsement of bipartisan Senate measure
  • Google, Facebook, Amazon and Twitter had aggressively fought the bill

Major US internet firms on Friday said they would support legislation to make it easier to penalize operators of websites that facilitate online sex trafficking, marking a sharp reversal for Silicon Valley on an issue long considered a top policy priority.

The decision to endorse a measure advancing in the Senate could clear the way for Congress to pass the first rewrite of a law adopted 21 years ago that is widely considered a bedrock legal shield for the internet industry.

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