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 TrumpTrump scheduled to attend Davos amid impeachment trial Lawmakers introduce bill to bolster artificial intelligence, quantum computing Hillicon Valley: Lawmakers say Facebook deepfake ban falls short | House passes bills to win 5G race | Feds sound alarm on cyberthreat from Iran | Ivanka Trump appearance at tech show sparks backlash 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 PortmanSenate approves Trump trade deal with Canada, Mexico Republicans brush off Trump's call for impeachment dismissal GOP leadership: There aren't 51 votes to dismiss Trump articles of impeachment MORE (R-Ohio), Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.) and Amy KlobucharAmy Jean KlobucharSanders says he's concerned about lost campaign time during impeachment trial Sanders touts vote against Trump trade deal backed by primary rivals New Hampshire state lawmaker switches support from Warren to Klobuchar MORE (D-Minn.), as well as Reps. Ann WagnerAnn Louise WagnerGroup of veterans call on lawmakers to support impeachment, 'put country over politics' Mnuchin expresses concerns about proposed taxes on financial trades Fed's top regulator takes heat from both parties 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.