Craigslist will no longer display personal ads on its website after the Senate voted yesterday to approve the Sexual Agents Detention Act. The bill means that the websites will be responsible for hosting sexual trafficking content. It will also make it easier for victims of sex trafficking and prosecutors to sue companies that do not maintain the exploitative content of their websites.
In a statement posted on Craigslist, the company said it did not want to jeopardize its business by continuing to accept personal ads. The following statement appears each time a user clicks on any of the category links under the "Personal" column of the site:
The US Congress UU He has just approved HR 1865, "FOSTA", which tries to subject websites to criminal and civil liability when third parties (users) make illegal use of articles online.
Any tool or service can be misused. We can not take that risk without endangering all of our other services, so we're unfortunately pulling personal craigslist offline. I hope to be able to bring them back someday.
Some users have expressed frustration on Twitter with the removal of personal ads, and many are also mourning the loss of Missed Connections posts on the site. The lost connections allowed users to post casual messages in search of people they had talked to randomly or with whom they had shared eye contact on the train, for example.
The Stop Enabling Sex Traffickers Act was introduced to stop sex trafficking on the Internet, where sites such as backpage.com are used for sexual advertisements. But it also provoked the opposition of sex workers and some free internet activists, who say that the bill is a form of censorship and will also pose an unrealistic burden for small operators of websites. The bill updates Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act that protects companies from liability for content posted by their users.
President Donald Trump is expected to sign the bill as soon as this week and, as a result, we are likely to see websites and services adopt stricter control and policy over what is published on their platforms. the future.