Craigslist to drop personal ads after passage of sex trafficking bill – USA TODAY

Craigslist said it is dropping its personals section, citing the passage of a sex trafficking bill potentially leaving websites liable for penalties.
The U.S. Senate voted 97-2 on Wednesday to pass the Fight Online Sex Trafficking Act (FOSTA), which adds tougher penalties on web services that help facilitate prostitution or sex trafficking. 
According to the bill, victims can also seek civil damages for services.
In a statement posted to the Craigslist website, the advertising service said it will take its personals section down.
“Any tool or service can be misused,” read the statement. “We can’t take such risk without jeopardizing all our other services.”
On Thursday, Reddit announced changes made to its content policy forbidding transactions for certain goods and services, including firearms, drugs and “paid services involving physical sexual contact.”
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.
More:Senate approves legislation to curb sex-trafficking, sending it to President Trump for signature
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