Read it and weep, my fellow homosexuals. In response to an anti-online sex trafficking bill, Craigslist has pull the plug on its personals sections–including the popular “Men Seeking Men” category–indefinitely.
Representative Ann Wagner (R-Mo.) introduced the Fight Online Sex Trafficking Act (FOSTA) as H.R. 1865 in April 2017. It’s designed to create stiffer penalties for websites that help facilitate prostitution or sex trafficking. The goal is to provide justice for victims and offer law enforcement new tools to prosecute offenders. Apart from its otherwise good intentions, the measure appears to have a chilling effect on free speech online.
On Wednesday, the U.S. Senate voted 97-2 in favor of the bill. It now heads to President Trump to sign into law. Read the full text of FOSTA here.