Its usage peaked about a decade ago, when it bridged the gap between the clunky pay-for-play print personal ads era of the 90s and early 2000s (like the ones in the Reader, remember?
) and the effortless swipe-a-thons of Tinder, Grindr, Bumble or whatever apps the kids are staring at on their phones all day.
"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 personals section, which is still visible on the Craigslist homepage, now redirects users to the announcement about the shutdown.
The legislation, now awaiting President Donald Trump's signature, would create an exception to Section 230 of the 1996 Communications Decency Act, which would pave the way for victims of sex trafficking to sue websites that facilitate their abuse.
Oddly enough, Craigslist also shut down the "strictly platonic" page.
At first, Twitter users lamented that it applied to the missed connections section, which is a gold mine for fascinating (and perhaps sometimes fictional) Internet stories, but as of Friday morning that section appeared to be available.“U. Congress just passed HR 1865, "FOSTA", seeking to subject websites to criminal and civil liability when third parties (users) misuse online personals unlawfully. We can't take such risk without jeopardizing all our other services, so we are regretfully taking craigslist personals offline. To the millions of spouses, partners, and couples who met through craigslist, we wish you every happiness!
Still, it's a little sad to know that it's no longer an option.
There was a brief era in which if you wanted to meet a random stranger for friendship, love, or sex—and let’s face it, there was a lot of sex—you’d go to Chicago Craigslist’s Personals section.