Many involved in the fight against human trafficking celebrated the removal of the adult Tuesday, Jan. Heidi Heitkamp, D-N. A Senate subcommittee's report released this week accuses Back of actively editing posts to remove evidence of child sex trafficking. The congressional investigation found that Back deleted incriminating words from sex prior to publication and moderators would coach users on what words to use in their .
The report also found that Back employees may have intentionally underreported exploitation of children. Dozens of sex-for-sale were posted under the Back escort section in North Dakota this past weekend, with Fargo and northwest North Dakota with the greatest of. In announcing its decision to remove the adult content, Back said it was the victim of government censorship. Rob Portman and Claire McCaskill, however, said their subcommittee found Back had been far more complicit in sex trafficking than ly known.
It was to shut down their site," they said in a statement. Back executives appeared at the subcommittee hearing Tuesday, but did not answer questions, citing the Fifth Amendment.
The company has vowed to continue its legal battles, which have become an important test for the entire internet industry of whether online platforms can be held liable for the content posted on their sites. Heitkamp blasted the Back executives during the hearing for attempting to use the First Amendment to defend the exploitation of children.
Already Tuesday, at least a dozen sex-for-sale continued to be available on Back North Dakota under a different section of the website. Lazenko said Back have at times been a tool for investigations, finding missing and exploited children and for reaching out to help potential victims.
North Dakota law enforcement has used Back in undercover operations, which Stenehjem said will shift to wherever the migrate.
Back has claimed the website is helpful to law enforcement, but Stenehjem said the website has been unwilling to cooperate with the effort to eliminate sex trafficking. The U. Supreme Court on Monday upheld a Back victory by refusing to revive a lawsuit filed by three young women who claimed the website facilitated their forced prostitution.
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