The U.S. Senate voted on Wednesday to pass an anti-sex-trafficking bill leaving websites, like Craigslist, liable for penalties.
Early Friday morning, Craiglist posted a statement regarding FOSTA (Fight Online Sex Trafficking Act).
“US Congress just passed HR 1865, “FOSTA”, seeking to subject websites to criminal and civil liability when third parties (users) misuse online personals unlawfully.
Any tool or service can be misused. 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.
To the millions of spouses, partners, and couples who met through craigslist, we wish you every happiness!”
Supporters believe the bill will deliver justice to victims of sex trafficking and give law enforcement new tools to prosecute offenders. Critics worry the bill will stifle free speech online.