LOS ANGELES (CBSLA) — One of the classified sections Craigslist is best known for is being dropped in response to new legislation approved by Congress.
The online classifieds site is dropping its personals ads after the U.S. Senate voted to pass the Allow States and Victims to Fight Online Sex Trafficking Act, or FOSTA.READ MORE: Día De Los Muertos Celebrations and Others Return To LA
The bill makes it easier to sue websites that allow sex traffickers to post ads. Tech companies had fought the bill, saying they were not responsible for what people post on their platforms.READ MORE: Sigma Nu Fraternity At USC Suspends Member At Center Of Sexual Assault Allegations
Craigslist says “any tool or service can be misused. We can’t take such risk without jeopardizing all our other services, so we are regretfully taking [C]raigslist personals offline.”
According to the Electronic Frontier Foundation, the bill not only silences online speech by forcing Internet platforms to censor their users, but will actually put trafficking victims in more danger.MORE NEWS: USC Places Sigma Nu Fraternity On Interim Suspension After Reports Of 'Possible Drug-Facilitated Sexual Assaults,' Students Protest In Support Of Victims
“When the Department of Justice is the group urging Congress not to expand criminal law and Congress does it anyway, something is very wrong,” the EFF said in a statement. “Assuming that the president signs it into law, SESTA/FOSTA is the most significant rollback to date of the protections for online speech.”