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But while doing nothing to realistically fight sex trafficking, it manages to muck up all sorts of other serious things.
FOSTA will "subject websites to criminal and civil liability when third parties (users) misuse online personals unlawfully," Craigslist explains in the brief notice that now appears in place of potential partners if you try to go to a personals listing .
Law enforcement loses this when traffickers switch to private, encrypted, or dark web forums.
Many sex-trafficking survivors and victims groups vocally opposed FOSTA, saying it fails to address the things they really need (like housing and job assistance) and will make saving future victims harder.
before, on, or after such date of enactment." This is what's known as an ex post facto law, and it's explicitly forbidden by the U. Rather, it's imposing serious burdens while at best doing nothing for trafficking victims and quite likely making their lives worse.
For one thing, it incentivizes law enforcement to go after third parties rather than stop traffickers or rescue victims.
(It doesn't apply for federal crimes.) Section 230 says that unless they create the content in whole or part, these platforms shall not be treated as the speaker of such content, and good-faith efforts at content moderation (like banning ads that explicitly mention illegal acts or auto-filtering out content that contains prohibited words) do not change this."Any tool or service can be misused," Craigslist said a statement."We can't take such risk without jeopardizing all our other services, so we are regretfully taking craigslist personals offline. To the millions of spouses, partners, and couples who met through craigslist, we wish you every happiness!But as of Friday, the Craigslist personals section is no more.
Consider it one of the first—but certainly not the last—casualties of new legislation passed by the Senate this week 97-2."Craigslist isn't the only one making changes since FOSTA's passage.On Friday, the adult-ad forum City Vibes disappeared.This is because the core of FOSTA makes it a federal crime to "promote or facilitate the prostitution of another person," punishable by up to 10 years in prison, plus fines.