Craigslist, the American classified advertisements website which serves more than 20 billion page views per month, will no longer feature ads in its Personals category since Congress passed a bill against online sex trafficking that could hold sites responsible if third parties misuse the service. At the moment, Personals still appears on Craigslist, but the following message pops up if the links are clicked:
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!
According to the White House, the bipartisan legislation is a step forward in fighting “the despicable act of human trafficking” and “empowers federal, state, and local prosecutors to hold websites accountable for supporting the sale of sex trafficking victims.”