- 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.