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Craigslist shuts down personal section; sorry dirty pervs

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  • Joel Rodgers

In a move that hopefully doesn’t affect you, the website Craigslist has put an end to its personal ads. This coming after Congress passes an anti-prostitution bill.

In a statement, Craigslist — a classifieds site that allows people to post everything from job listings and apartments for rent to community events and debate topics — said it was removing personal ads to avoid jeopardizing its other services. The website added that “any tool or service can be misused.”

The personals section, which is still visible on the Craigslist homepage, now redirects users to the announcement about the shutdown.

“US Congress just passed HR 1865, “FOSTA”, seeking to subject websites to criminal and civil liability when third parties (users) misuse online personals unlawfully.

Any tool or service can be misused. We can’t take such risk without jeopardizing all our other services, so we are regretfully taking craigslist personals offline. Hopefully we can bring them back some day.

To the millions of spouses, partners, and couples who met through craigslist, we wish you every happiness!”

Something very interesting is, the new bill, called the Fighting Online Sex Trafficking Act, or FOSTA, imposes a penalty of fines or a prison term for anyone who operates an online service that promotes or facilitates prostitution. The Senate voted 97-2 to pass the bill Wednesday, and President Donald Trump is expected to sign the bill into law.

That’s right, 2 people voted to NOT pass the bill.

 

 

 

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Joel Rodgers

Joel Rodgers joined RSHV News 1 in January 2018 as a reporter/journalist. Prior to joining our team, Joel spent the previous 5 years as a morning show reporter, entertainment reporter, and sports reporter for a local television station. At 6’5”, he's the tallest reporter in the history of Shreveport, but it’s more than just his height that makes this Shreveport native stand out. His editing skills combined with his love for storytelling makes for a creative and talented addition to the RSHV News 1 team. After attending and graduating from Evangel Christian Academy, he earned his Bachelor’s degree in Broadcast Journalism from Northwestern State University. Joel is very active in the Shreveport community having won several competitions in recent years. In 2017, he danced his way to victory in the annual Susan G. Komen event, “Dancing for the Cure." He’s also won the “Mudbug Madness” Crawfish eating contest in back-to-back years and was named the top celebrity chef at the “Louisiana Food Prize” cooking competition. If you have a story idea, news tip, or just want to say "hey" - you can do so by emailing Joel Rodgers at jrodgers@realshreveport.com
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