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Craigslist removes personals section from US website

CALIFORNIA — People looking for a “hook-up” or love on Craigslist will now have to search elsewhere, since the company has decided to shut down its personals section.

The move comes amidst a recent anti-sex trafficking bill (HR-1865, “Fosta”) that was passed by the U.S. Senate on Wednesday. The bill is aimed to fight sex trafficking by making the website owner legally liable if any user promotes or facilitates sex trafficking on their site.

A message posted by the company on Friday in the personals section of the site said: “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.”

The company ended the message by saying, ” To the millions of spouses, partners, and couples who met through craigslist, we wish you every happiness!”

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