Craigslist Shut Down Personal Ads After Sex Trafficking Bill Passes

Craigslist FOSTA personals section

Craigslist will no longer display personal ads after passage of sex trafficking bill

Hooking up on Craigslist will never be the same.

Some Craigslist personals users quickly moved to other sections of the online classifieds website to rant about the section closing down while others started using other verticals for postings normally found on personals.

It remains to be seen how hookup apps like Grindr, Scruff, and Tindr will respond to FOSTA.

But it looks like part of that is coming to an end... at least when money is involved.

Craigslist posted a message on their page that reads, "Any tool or service can be misused".

This ongoing connection to prostitution and human trafficking has led to the government finally getting involved.

In a note announcing its decision, Craigslist explains that the bill may "subject websites to criminal and civil liability when third parties (users) misuse online personals unlawfully". FOSTA passed in the House on a 388-25 vote in February. The idea behind Craigslist is "what if the classified ads, but online?"

The company says it is too hard to monitor all posts on its platform, meaning they are unable to keep the personals section of the website open.

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Multiple sections have now been shuttered on the site as a result.

New changes are coming everyone. Now where do we go if we want to find sex or whatever indulgence it is you were looking for? Section 230 limits the legal liability of interactive computer service providers or users for content they publish that was created by others.

The New York Times observed February 27, when the House passed the bill, that Silicon Valley and tech companies had initially opposed the bill because of how it chipped away at Section 230, but that "some large online companies, including Facebook, eventually backed off from their opposition to the bill after its scope was narrowed".

SESTA's goal is to prevent sex trafficking, particularly child sex trafficking, by restricting what kind of information can be posted on websites like Backpage, where people often advertise sexual services. Other social networks can't exactly say the same. Modifying the law made it illegal to promote or facilitate the prostitution of another person.

The law also punishes websites if they allow people to perform unlawful sex acts with sex trafficking victims.

The amendments apply regardless of whether alleged conduct occurs before, on, or after this bill's enactment.

What is the Fight Online Sex Trafficking Act of 2017?

The Communications Decency Act also protects the services from prosecutions in state court, but not federal court.

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