Craigslist shuts down its personals section
The website made an announcement on Friday that the personals section would be taken out of commission due to FOSTA.
If you are in the United States and you try to visit the personals section on Craigslist then you will be met with the following announcement.
Craigslist made this decision just two days after the Senate approved legislation called the Stop Enabling Sex Traffickers Act.
The act, which is still missing President Donald Trump’s signature, would create an exception to Section 230 of the 1996 Communications Decency Act, which would allow victims of sex trafficking to sue websites that allowed their abuse.
Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act was implemented to give immunity to online businesses from being held liable for content generated by its users.
However, tech industry associations and internet rights advocates are concerned about the free speech implications of the legislation and have written a letter that condemns the FOSTA bill, claiming that it would have a “chilling effect” on companies.
“Platforms will err on the side of extreme caution in removing content uploaded by their users, while cutting back on proactive prevention measures,” the letter stated.
“Any tool or service can be misused,” Craigslist said in a statement on its website. “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.”
So, as of right now, Craigslist personals have been removed from the US version of the site. However, it is still freely available on the Canadian version. As far as, will Canada follow suit? Or will Craigslist add the personals section back to their US version sometime soon? Nobody knows until the dust fully settles with all of this FOSTA talk.