Craigslist has shut down its personals sections after Congress passed a measure intended to crack down on online sex trafficking.
In a statement posted on its website on Friday, Craigslist said that it could not risk being held liable for postings made by users that may advertise sex or potentially illegal interactions. Hopefully we can bring them back some day. The Allow States and Victims to Fight Online Sex Trafficking Act of FOSTApassed by both chambers of Congress, amends a longstanding provision absolving online platforms of liability for content posted by their users, making it easier to target websites with legal action for enabling prostitution and sex trafficking.
The Senate passed the measure on Wednesdaywhile the House approved it last month.
President Trump Donald Trump Jan. Advocates for the legislation argue that it will help to curb the growing online sex trafficking industry. Opponents, especially in the tech industry, have argued that it amounts to a form of censorship and could make online companies vulnerable to lawsuits. Reddit on Thursday announced new rules banning trades of firearms, paid sex, false documents or currency.
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