Craigslist eliminated its personal late Thursday after Congress passed a bill that would penalize websites that promote sex trafficking and prostitution, even if the content is posted by a third party.
In a statement, Craigslist — a classifieds site that allows people to post everything from job listings and apartments for rent to community events and debate topics — said it was removing personal to avoid jeopardizing its other services. The new bill, called the Fight Online Sex Trafficking Act, or FOSTA, imposes a penalty of fines or a prison term for anyone who operates an online service that promotes or facilitates prostitution. The Senate voted to pass the bill Wednesday, and President Trump is expected to it into law.
The bill that passed was sponsored by Rep. Ann Wagner, R-Mo. Helena, voted in favor. Jackie Speier, D-Hillsborough, did not vote.
On Thursday, Reddit also announced a new policy that prohibits using the site to solicit or facilitate certain goods and services, including paid services involving physical sexual contact. Annie Ma is a San Francisco Chronicle staff writer.
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