Communications Decency Act

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Craigslist's 'Regretful' Move Has It Axing Big Part of Site

Site takes down its personal ads section to avoid liability for prostitution promotions

(Newser) - Everyone who has visited Craigslist over the years to find a mate or gawk at the "Missed Connections," "Casual Encounters," and "Rants and Raves" sections is going to have to find a new gathering ground. CNET reports the online classified-ads site has shuttered its much-frequented... More »

Backpage CEO, Owners Beat Pimping Charges

Judge says they're protected by same law that protects Facebook, YouTube

(Newser) - The CEO and former owners of will get off on an assortment of pimping charges thanks to the same law that protects Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, and more, the Mercury News reports. According to Ars Technica , the trio were accused of profiting off "escort" ads selling sex with... More »

Bird-Flipping Globes Could Cost NBC With Feds

Wrestler director Aronofsky's on-air gesture may be worst violation

(Newser) - The decency police are on NBC’s tail for Sunday’s obscenity-speckled Golden Globes. The Federal Communications Commission is reviewing the program after receiving 18 complaints, the Los Angeles Times reports. The most flagrant violation was probably when The Wrestler director Darren Aronofsky jokingly flipped off actor Mickey Rourke as... More »

Online Romeo Flunks Math

Judge throws out suit of man, charged with having sex with 14-year-old, against

(Newser) - Cautioning that the Internet isn't 100% trustworthy, a federal judge threw out a lawsuit filed by a man who blamed a website for his arrest on charges of unlawful sexual conduct with a minor. The man set up a rendezvous with another user whose profile listed her as... More »

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