Yeah this is totally in response to CL having to shut down the only part of their website that was previously making them money. The FOSTA act that was recently signed has spurred websites to shut down anything that could have been construed to facilitate sex trafficking, since it basically overrides a previous act that protected companies in the event that they unwittingly hosted illegal content generated by third parties. Since Craigslist only charged for postings in the Personals section, they’ve lost their only revenue stream. Gotta make it up somehow. Makes me wonder if we’ll see this trickle down to other parts of the site. Never know what revenue streams will be closed off by the law next.
And of course, this new law won’t do a damn thing to combat sex trafficking. Websites owned by foreign companies running on servers outside the US will become the new haven for those people, beyond the reach of US law and prosecutors. Just another case of a technophobic government legislating beyond their comprehension, to protect nobody at the expense of legitimate businesses on our own shores.
What happened at Backpage is despicable, but the timing of that scandal just happens to coincide with this law’s signing- it passed the house months ago and has been on the President’s desk for 3 weeks.