1. TechSpot is dedicated to computer enthusiasts and power users. Ask a question and give support. Join the community here.
    TechSpot is dedicated to computer enthusiasts and power users.
    Ask a question and give support.
    Join the community here, it only takes a minute.
    Dismiss Notice

Craigslist shuts down personals section in response to Congress' anti-online sex-trafficking...

By Shawn Knight · 7 replies
Mar 23, 2018
Post New Reply
  1. Craigslist in response to the Senate’s recent passing of a controversial sex trafficking bill has shut down the personals section of its website.

    The section still shows up on the classifieds site but clicking any of the links redirects users to a statement on its position. In it, Craigslist notes that any tool or service can be misused and that they can’t take that sort of risk without jeopardizing all of their other services. As such, they’ve taken personals offline.

    Craigslist wished the millions of spouses, couples and partners that have met through its personals happiness, adding that it hopes to bring the section back some day.

    The bill in question, the Allow States and Victims to Fight Online Sex Trafficking Act (FOSTA, H.R. 1865), passed by a vote of 97-2 in the US Senate earlier this week. The Electronic Frontier Foundation, an opponent of the bill, argues that it silences online speech by forcing Internet platforms to censor their users. The EFF adds that as lobbyists and members of Congress applaud themselves for enacting a law to tackle the issue of trafficking, “let’s be clear: Congress just made trafficking victims less safe, not more.”

    In Craigslist's statement, it says the bill seeks “to subject websites to criminal and civil liability when third parties (users) misuse online personals unlawfully.”

    Proponents of the bill argue that it’ll help curb online sex trafficking.

    The bill will now head to President Trump’s desk to be signed into law.

    Permalink to story.

     
  2. In Craigslist's statement, it says the bill seeks “to subject websites to criminal and civil liability when third parties (users) misuse online personals unlawfully.”

    If this is true, matchmaking services across the web in the US are toast as well. Will read the bill later to confirm.
     
    treetops likes this.
  3. "Congress just made trafficking victims less safe, not more."

    Maybe I'm just tired, but I cannot for the life of me wrap my head around that statement from EFF.
     
  4. kapital98

    kapital98 TS Guru Posts: 323   +253

    It seems like just another ideological think tank (which is really an abuse of the term 'think tank') that has not looked at the issue and is simply armchair QB'ing this.

    "Everything is a free market. Free markets are good. Externalities do not exist. Therefore, this regulation is bad."
     
  5. kapital98

    kapital98 TS Guru Posts: 323   +253

    This is probably a good move. Numerous organizations have been against this. Craigslist has already significantly cracked down on prostitution postings in the past. This meant that those largely left CL and went over to Backpages. Backpages, due to regulation, has also somewhat got away from prostitution posting (though they have largely moved that to a different part of the site).

    The good news is that CL has more to lose and a lot more traffic than Backpages. So, overall, this seems to be a good thing. Plus, there are plenty of other (more legitimate and easy to authenticate) methods to have casual hookups.
     
  6. drjekelmrhyde

    drjekelmrhyde TS Evangelist Posts: 319   +106

    Hookers will still be on free match sites or all down Cicero in Chicago if you're into that.
     
  7. matrix86

    matrix86 TS Guru Posts: 846   +38

    Their "crackdown" on prostituion did nothing. Prostitutes were still advertising. Posting their picture with a phone number on it or hiding the phone number in the text. If y-7-ou are-8- looking f-0-r a good time, I a-5-m h-5-ere t-5-o h-1-elp ge-1-t yo-1-u wh-1-at you deserve.
     
  8. JamesSWD

    JamesSWD TS Maniac Posts: 331   +182

    I miss the good ol' days of AOL in the late 90s to early 2000's, where friends could be made in chatrooms and sometimes good relationships started.
     

Add your comment to this article

You need to be a member to leave a comment. Join thousands of tech enthusiasts and participate.
TechSpot Account You may also...