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Earlier today, an Alabama federal judge shut down MindGeek’s petition to dismiss a class action lawsuit filed by Jane Does over content posted on Pornhub that allegedly depicts instances of their human trafficking.

The judge claimed that Section 230 protections over third party content do not apply to MIndGeek because the company “exert[ed] extensive control over the development of pornographic content on their websites.”

This is a highly unusual decision, which sidesteps a discussion of the nuances Section 230 by making the unprecedented blanket claim that Pornhub was a publisher — not a platform – thus thereby assigning liability to them for any third-party content posted on the tube site.

#myadultattorney Corey D. Silverstein had this to say about this development:

“Thankfully, Judge Coogler’s erroneous decision will not be the final word in this case. The 11th Circuit, if/when is given the opportunity, will hopefully correct this wrong.

This is just another example of the continued attacks and attempts to narrow the protections offered by Section 230 — the very law that has allowed the evolution of the free sharing of information on the internet. I continue to find these decisions and lawmakers attempts (EARN IT Act) to narrow and or destroy Section 230 protections a direct attack on free speech.

Further, I wish that lawmakers and the judiciary took more time to actually understand the rationale behind the creation of Section 230 to begin with and actually understand where the internet and the free flow of information and ideas would be without Section 230.

Why would any internet service provider even want to stay in that business were they liable for content that they neither created, authored or even removed? As such, these anti Section 230 folks defy logic and common sense. I would also note that many of these anti-230 lawmakers have been elected into office as a result of being able to campaign on the very online platforms that wouldn’t exist if not for Section 230.”

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