Deep Dive (June 29): Texas Supreme Court Rules Facebook Can Be Sued for Sex Trafficking

By Tiffany Meier
Tiffany Meier
Tiffany Meier
Tiffany Meier is a New York-based reporter and host of NTD's "China in Focus."
June 30, 2021 Updated: July 1, 2021

Search and rescue efforts continue for the sixth day in Surfside, Florida. It’s a race against the clock, with 11 confirmed dead and 150 still missing. Families of the missing are desperately seeking news of their loved ones and demanding answers over what caused the tragic condo collapse. The cause of the collapse is still under investigation. It has triggered investigations into older buildings, with the mayor calling for an audit of all buildings over 40 years old.

Facebook just dodged two antitrust lawsuits, with a D.C. court ruling in the tech giant’s favor. But the Texas Supreme Court just ruled that Facebook can be held accountable for sex trafficking. This comes as the House Judiciary Committee just passed six new bills aiming to limit the monopolistic power of Big Tech giants by making it harder for them to acquire potential rivals, as well as prevent them from selling or promoting their own products to wipe out competitors. The House Antitrust Subcommittee found that Big Tech oligarchs are squashing competitors by buying them out or replicating their products, after a year-and-a-half-long investigation into the four tech giants.

There’s been a spike in convicted sex offenders arrested at the southern border. Border Patrol agents have arrested 353 illegal aliens with sex-related criminal convictions so far this fiscal year. That’s compared to 55 last fiscal year, and a total of 58 for 2019. This comes as Texas Gov. Greg Abbott issued a state of disaster declaration recently.

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Tiffany Meier is a New York-based reporter and host of NTD's "China in Focus."