Hersh acknowledged that there may be some in the sex trade who use the websites willingly, the bill, she said, will save many others from exploitation.
We cant take such risk without jeopardizing all our other services, so we are regretfully taking Craigslist personals offline.
US Congress just passed, hR 1865, fosta, seeking to subject websites to criminal and civil liability when third parties (users) misuse online personals unlawfully.On Friday, inventive users were already turning to other parts of Craigslist, like the famous missed connections section, to post their personals instead.When you click on any of these sections today, youll see a statement on their deletion: US Congress just passed HR 1865, 'fosta seeking to subject websites to criminal and civil liability when third parties (users) misuse online personals unlawfully.Personals section included ads for relationships and 'casual encounters'.Missed connections is still up, but its in the community section.Craigslist ended adult services ads in 2010.The bill is worded so broadly that it could even be used against platform owners that dont know that their sites are being used for trafficking, the Electronic Frontier Foundation said in a statement after the Senate passed the bill.Lawmakers contended websites such as Backpage facilitated sexual exploitation including prostitution and human trafficking through their adult services listings.Craigslist said in a statement it ended personals over concerns the law could subject websites to criminal and civil liability for third-party content.
And the Electronic Frontier editJonathan Ernst/Reuters.Craigslist has faced criticism over its role in facilitating prostitution and trafficking before.When sex workers are allowed to talk openly and freely about their clients, warn one another about bad dates, and screen clients online, theyre unilaterally safer than when theyre forced outdoors to work.Two days after the vote to pass it, were already seeing the repercussions.Hersh said that some websites known to have been used for trafficking have already disappeared.Looking for love or a casual encounter?In spite of having passed the Senate with an overwhelming majority, the bill has still met with sharp criticism among both sex workers and internet rights activists, whove called it out for putting the onus of the user submitted content on the hosting sites.Craigslist shut down its personals section on Friday after Congress passed a bill that could hold the website liable for promoting delete from sexdateien sex trafficking.

The bill will make websites like Craigslist, as well as social networks like Facebook and Twitter, more liable for what their users say and do on their platforms.
It really provides both survivors and folks in law enforcement with the tools to hold websites that are knowingly facilitating trafficking accountable, said Lauren Hersh, the national director for World Without Exploitation, a coalition of groups that worked with the legislators who sponsored the bill.