Online classified site Craigslist abruptly shut its personals section just days after Congress approved a bill expanding the criminal and civil liability of website operators over user-generated content.
President Trump is expected to soon the measure into law. Legislators amended that clause after a judge in California dismissed criminal charges against Back. Liara Roux, a sex worker, political organizer, and adult-media producer and director, says a handful of other sites shut advertising forums, including The Erotic Review and CityVibe, hours after FOSTA passed.
Roux says these recent closures come on the heels of other efforts by tech companies that began into ban or shadow ban sex workers from their platforms. 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.
Senator Richard Blumenthal D-Connecticuta cosponsor of the bill, derided Craigslist's announcement. Moving forward, we are prohibiting transactions that are either illicit or strictly controlled.
Communities focused on such transactions and users who attempt to conduct them will be banned from the site. Reddit declined to say whether its policy change was related to FOSTA, but the company ed a letter to members of Congress earlier this month protesting the bill.
The letter was organized by Engine, a nonprofit representing tech startups, and was also ed by Automattic the company that owns WordpressPatreon, Cloudflare, Twitter, Match Group the company that owns Tinder, OkCupid, and Match. The tech industry was initially united against this legislative effort, but the Internet Association, a trade group representing major tech firms, reversed its position under pressure from Facebook, which was facing additional regulatory pressure from the Russia investigation, WIRED reported in December.
Reddit is also a member of Internet Association, as is Google, which lobbied heavily against earlier versions of the legislation.
He expressed hope Congress would amend the new law to remove some of the ambiguity. D'Adamo says she plans to reach out to members of Congress and nonprofits that advocated for the bill. .
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