I stumbled upon the following from Pragmatic Programmers. I was kinda puzzled. Does anyone in the USA know a bit more about this to explain how comes PragProg bailed out while Discourse is thriving?

Dear Reader,

The FOSTA-SESTA act of 2017 makes us legally responsible for all content posted here by anyone at any time. This act removes Section 230 Safe Harbor protections.

We cannot possibly monitor all posts made, in real time, and decide if they break any particular interpretation of a vague and imprecise law. That is logistically ludicrous and philosophically objectionable. Our only option is to remove all access to the forums until the US legislature restores reasonable safe harbor laws.

If you live in the US and want to do your part to help, please contact your representative and/or senator and explain to them (in simple terms) why this cannot work. Perhaps look for government sites that allow people to post comments, and point out that these could be in violation, too. Perhaps point out that any response to any of their tweets could be a link to a sex trafficker, and that arguably because they invited responses by posting they themselves may be in violation. Ask them if this is what they intended.

We apologize for the inconvenience.

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(Kris) #2

FOSTA-SESTA is generally regarded as a dangerous loophole in existing free-speech protections, and more harmful than helpful… but my understanding is that you’re OK as long as you’re not knowingly allowing discussion about sex trafficking?

I think it could be a bit of an overreaction on their part? But I suppose the specter of liability can be a bit worrying.

Similarly there were also sites that shut down preemptively due to the GDPR… which really hasn’t caused much trouble as far as I can tell.