New US Bill Prompts Craigslist to Drop Dating Ads

A new bill in the US which could punish websites for “facilitating” prostitution and sex trafficking has prompted classified ads website Craigslist to close its dating ads section in the country.

In a statement this week, Craigslist said that it would be too much of a risk for the company to keep the section running, since the new law would expose them to criminal and civil liability when users use their online personals for illegal activity.

US congress had already passed the “Allow States and Victims to Fight Online Sex Trafficking Act” this March which will apply to all states in the US. Popular news aggregator website Reddit has already banned its escorts message board as a reaction to the bill.

Source: BBC

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