Personal ads on Craigslist have ghosted users on the popular website thanks to a new law passed by Congress on Wednesday.
After both houses of Congress passed H.R. 1865, an anti-online sex trafficking bill commonly known as FOSTA (Fight Online Sex Trafficking Act), removes some portions of Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act. The 1996 law shielded website operators that hosted third-party content from any civil liability that might arise. The new bill was aimed at Backpage, a website authorities say facilitated advertisements for prostitution in violation of federal and state laws.
The new rules means websites like Craigslist would be held responsible for any illegal acts their users ultimately took take part in.