Ivanka Trump to host White House roundtable on sex trafficking bills

Ivanka Trump to host White House roundtable on sex trafficking bills
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Ivanka TrumpIvana (Ivanka) Marie TrumpWhite House, Congress near deal to give 12 weeks paid parental leave to all federal workers Lawmakers introduce bipartisan bill to allow new parents to advance tax credits Jane Fonda says she feels 'sad' for Trump MORE will host a roundtable at the White House on Tuesday afternoon to discuss controversial sex trafficking legislation that has created a rift in the tech industry, a White House spokesman confirmed to The Hill.

Those attending the meeting include Sens. Rob PortmanRobert (Rob) Jones PortmanLawmakers call for investigation into program meant to help student loan borrowers with disabilities Senators sound alarm on dangers of ransomware attacks after briefing Senate roundtable showcases importance and needs of women entrepreneurs MORE (R-Ohio), Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.) and Amy KlobucharAmy Jean KlobucharBiden: All-white debate not representative of party, but 'you can't dictate' nominee Delaney to DNC: Open second debate stage for candidates who qualified for past events There's a lot to like about the Senate privacy bill, if it's not watered down MORE (D-Minn.), as well as Reps. Ann WagnerAnn Louise WagnerMnuchin expresses concerns about proposed taxes on financial trades Fed's top regulator takes heat from both parties Israeli, Palestinian business leaders seek Trump boost for investment project MORE (R-Mo.) and Mimi Walters (R-Calif.).

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Portman, Blumenthal, Wagner and Walters are pushing bills that would make it easier to take legal action against websites for enabling sex trafficking. The bills would amend a law known as Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act (CDA), which essentially gives internet platforms immunity from liability for content posted by third parties.

Some internet companies are worried that cutting into Section 230 will damage the legal framework that allows for free speech online and hurt smaller internet companies by forcing them to pour resources into scouring their sites for illicit content.

Also attending the meeting is Michael Beckerman, the head of the tech trade group the Internet Association; Chris Padilla, IBM’s head of regulatory affairs; and White House legislative affairs chief Marc Short.

The president’s daughter has endorsed the Wagner bill, called the Allow States and Victims to Fight Online Sex Trafficking Act (FOSTA), which passed the House last month. Earlier on Tuesday, a group of companies including IBM and Oracle sent a letter to Senate leaders urging them to pass the bill.

It appears that the legislation will pass easily, despite opposition from many corners of the tech industry.