trafficking victims less safe, not more. Craigslist's personal ads have for decades been a popular way for people to make romantic connections, but with the Senate's approval, wednesday of the Allow States and Victims to Fight Online Sex Trafficking Act (fosta Craigslist said it couldn't afford risking its operations by running. The bill requires the signature of President Donald Trump before it becomes law. Hopefully we can bring them back some day. Hopefully we can bring them back some day.". Craigslist, the global classified ad site, is shuttering its Personal section for its US listings. The bill means websites will be held liable for hosting sex trafficking content. Some users have vented their frustration on Twitter at the purge of personal ads, with many also mourning the loss of the sites Missed Connections posts. It will also make it easier for victims of sex trafficking and prosecutors to sue companies that fail to keep exploitative content from their websites. The statement goes on wish happiness to those whove found love through the service.
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The legislation makes it a crime to operate an internet platform with the intent of promoting prostitution. But, it has also sparked opposition from sex workers and some free-internet activists who say the bill is a form of censorship and will also place an unrealistic burden on small website operators. In a statement on its site, Craiglist said : US Congress just passed HR 1865, fosta, seeking to subject websites to criminal and civil liability when third parties (users) misuse online personals unlawfully. In a statement posted to Craigslist, the company said it did not want to jeopardize its business by continuing to accept personal ads. Blockchain Decoded : cnet looks at the tech powering bitcoin - and soon, too, a myriad services that will change your life). For a company thats estimated to be worth roughly.3 billion, with 690 million in revenue from directly selling ads in 2016, the change will hurt its bottom line, but also make it more difficult for traffickers to find clients. Missed Connections allowed users to post serendipitous messages searching for people theyd randomly spoken to or shared eye contact with on the train, for example.
And last year, when a Senate bill called the Stop Enabling Sex Trafficking Act was approved by the Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee, the company hired five lobbyists its first such hires to influence the Congress consideration of such bills and keep Craigslist out. The decision was taken in response to Congress passing the fosta bill from 2017 that makes sites liable for facilitating sex trafficking.
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