Section 230 Helps Salesforce Defeat Sex Trafficking Lawsuit–Doe v. Salesforce

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Salesforce provided SaaS services to Backpage. On that basis, the plaintiffs sought to hold Salesforce liable for any Backpage-caused sex trafficking victimization. This represents an attempt (possibly unprecedented) to impose tertiary liability for sex trafficking. The advertisers, such as pimps, are the primary tortfeasors; Backpage would be liable for supporting the pimps; Salesforce would be liable for supporting Backpage in supporting the pimps. The court rejected this attempt on Section 230 grounds.

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