Craigslist has yanked its personal ads segment within the wake of an anti-online sex trafficking bill that handed this week.
The Allow States and Victims to Fight Online Sex Trafficking Act, or FOSTA, bill makes web pages criminally chargeable for content material that its customers publish, together with prostitution ads and sex-trafficking content material.
Craigslist — whose personals come with bawdy classes equivalent to informal encounters — mentioned it pulled ads as it wasn’t value working afoul of the brand new regulation.
“Any tool or service can be misused,” the site mentioned in a commentary. “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.”
It added, “To the millions of spouses, partners, and couples who met through craigslist, we wish you every happiness!”
Reddit additionally banned sex-worker subreddits, together with Escorts, Male Escorts, Hookers and SugarDaddy in a while after the bill used to be handed.
Previously, web pages like Craigslist and Backpage confronted extensive protections from criminal legal responsibility for user-posted content material.
FOSTA has been criticized via some lawmakers and sex staff as making it tougher to struggle sex trafficking.
“The failure to understand the technological side effects of this bill — specifically that it will become harder to expose sex-traffickers, while hamstringing innovation — will be something that this Congress will regret,” Sen. Ron Wyden (D-Ore.) advised CNN previous this month.
Wyden and Rand Paul (R-Ky.) voted in opposition to FOSTA, which handed 97-2 within the Senate on Wednesday. It is most likely to be signed into regulation via President Trump.