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Craigslist closes personal ads as internet restrictions bite

You can no longer browse the personals section of Craigslist in the US. The owners of the online classified ads site have closed personal listings in reaction to Congress’s passage of a law that makes websites accountable for users who “misuse” personal ads. A click on the “casual encounters”, “strictly platonic” or any other romance-seeking connection tabs coughs up this message from San Francisco-based Craigslist:

US Congress just passed HR 1865, “FOSTA”, seeking to subject websites to criminal and civil liability when third parties (users) misuse online personals unlawfully. Any tool or service can be misused. We can’t take such risk without jeopardizing all our other services, so we are regretfully taking craigslist personals offline. Hopefully we can bring them back some day.

To the millions of spouses, partners, and couples who met through craigslist, we wish you every happiness!

Allow States and Victims to Fight Online Sex Trafficking Act (FOSTA) aims to curb online sex trafficking.

Electronic Frontier Foundation opposes the bill, stating last month:

“Facing the threat of extreme criminal and civil penalties, web platforms large and small would have little choice but to silence legitimate voices. Platforms would have to take extreme measures to remove a wide range of postings, especially those related to sex.”

The fear is that only the the most moneyed platforms will survive. Forced to err on the side of caution and view users as suspects, platform owners will shut down accounts.

You can still use the personal ads on the UK site. But the impact of the new riling is spreading. Reddit has switched off a raft of its community pages. On Reddit’s r/announcements we learn:

As of today, users may not use Reddit to solicit or facilitate any transaction or gift involving certain goods and services, including:

  • Firearms, ammunition, or explosives;
  • Drugs, including alcohol and tobacco, or any controlled substances (except advertisements placed in accordance with our advertising policy);
  • Paid services involving physical sexual contact;
  • Stolen goods;
  • Personal information;
  • Falsified official documents or currency

Gizmodo notes:

In the comments of the announcement, it was further clarified that relatively benign activities like beer trades and e-cigarette giveaways are also likely to fall under the purview of this rule, which encompasses not just purchases but transactions of any sort.

So much for freedom.


Posted: 23rd, March 2018 | In: News, Technology, The Consumer | Comment

The 10 most mental WTF adverts ever to appear on Craiglist

THSE are the 10 most WTF adverts ever to appear on Craigslist (until we find another ten):

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Posted: 22nd, September 2013 | In: Key Posts, The Consumer | Comment


SEATTLE power couple hook up on Craigslist:






Posted: 13th, September 2013 | In: The Consumer | Comment

Drunk who accidentally stole stoned cheese-eating cat advertises for owner on Craigslist

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A MAN from Chico, California is advertising for the real owner of a cat he accidentally stole.

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Posted: 11th, September 2013 | In: Strange But True | Comment

The greatest motorcycle advert of all time: 1971 Honda CB35 on Craigslist

IS this the greatest motorcycle advert of all time? Yes. The Craigslist advert for a 1971 Honda CB350 runs like this:

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Posted: 10th, November 2012 | In: The Consumer | Comment

40 Brand News Boxed iPhones For Sale On Craigslist – Location: East London

THIS trader in East London has 40 brand new, box-fresh iPhones for sale on Craigslist. Any takers..?

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Posted: 10th, August 2011 | In: The Consumer | Comment

Teacher Arrested For Seeking Sex With Dogs On Craigslist

PATRICK Stephen Trejo, a music teacher at Raul Castro Middle School, has been accused of using a website in which dog owners advertise their pets for sex.

The school sent a letter home to parents. Says one parent:

“It’s just not something I’ve ever thought about discussing with my kids before.”

Trejo is said to have written on Craigslist:

“Hit me up if you have a pup to play with,” and made the call for anyone who was interested in ‘K-9 play’.”

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Posted: 27th, February 2011 | In: Strange But True | Comment

Husband Hired Man To Rape Wife On Craigslist

craigslistTHE classified ad service Craigslist is a rich source of news for those hacks on the web beat. And now we learn that a man is being held by US police after allegedly using Craigslist to arrange for his wife to be raped at knifepoint.

The 25-year-old, from Kannapolis, North Carolina, is accused of advertising for a man to enter his house at night and rape his wife. And then hiring the man.

The wife was raped.

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Posted: 5th, June 2009 | In: Strange But True | Comment

Man Buys Stolen Car On Craigslist

WILLIAM P. Jones III has been arersted by Boynton Beach Police for allegedly selling a stolen car on Craigslist.

The victim saw what looked like his 1970 Chevy Chevelle listed on over the weekend. He then made arrangements with Jones to see the car and called police after verifying it was his.

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Posted: 8th, April 2009 | In: Strange But True | Comment (1)