The state Supreme Court has ruled in favor of three young girls who sued Backpage.com after they were sold as prostitutes on the site.
The Washington Supreme Court has ruled in favor of three young girls who sued Backpage.com after they were sold as prostitutes on the site.
Thursday’s ruling says the Communications Decency Act does not protect Backpage from state lawsuits because there’s enough evidence to show that it didn’t just host the ads, but helped developed the content.
The lawsuit claimed Backpage.com markets itself as a place to sell “escort services” but actually provides pimps with instructions on how to write an ad that works.
Backpage had filed a motion to dismiss the suit. A lower court denied that request and they appealed saying they are immune from liability.
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But the Supreme Court says the case should proceed because the girls have alleged facts that, if proved, would show that Backpage helped produce illegal content.