I just noticed that there is ongoing purge of escort review forums in progress on the net.
It seems US has passed a law that bans anything that involves advertising escorts services called FOSTA
Craigslist personal ads in USA have been killed off.
HA forum deleted its massive escort reviews section.
Other sites that are US Based or US connected are being erased from the net.
FOSTA will "subject websites to criminal and civil liability when third parties (users) misuse online personals unlawfully," Craigslist explains in the brief notice that now appears in place of potential partners if you try to go to a personals listing .
Under current law, the site can't be held legally liable if someone uses veiled terms to solicit commercial sex—aka prostitution—through the Craigslist personals. But FOSTA will change that, opening up Craigslist (and every other digital platform) to serious legal and financial jeopardy should it accidently "promote" or "facilitate" prostitution.
Prostitution, mind you, is not sex trafficking, which has a distinct meaning both colloquially and under the law. In the simplest terms, prostitution involves consent and sex trafficking does not.
"Any tool or service can be misused," Craigslist said a statement. "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!"
Craigslist isn't the only one making changes since FOSTA's passage. On Friday, the adult-ad forum CityVibes disappeared. And on Thursday, Reddit banned several sex-related subreddits, including r/Escorts, r/MaleEscorts, and r/SugarDaddy.
I don't know if this forum is US hosted or connected to USA in any way, but it would be worth investigating if there is any threat to it.
I note that CL ads still operate in other countries.
Edited by Kris80, 24 March 2018 - 02:14 PM.