Verify Him, a tool that helps sex workers avoid abusive clients and describes itself as “the biggest dating blacklist database on earth,” also said Thursday that it is “working to change the direction of the site.” Kate D' Adamo, a partner with the consulting firm Reframe Health and Justice, says Verify Him has been a particularly vital safety and screening mechanism for sex workers.Roux says these recent closures come on the heels of other efforts by tech companies that began in 2017, to ban or shadow ban sex workers from their platforms.The measure weakens the “Good Samaritan” clause in Section 230 that protected internet companies trying their best to moderate illegal sex trafficking on their platforms.
President Trump is expected to soon sign the measure into law.Senator Richard Blumenthal (D-Connecticut), a cosponsor of the bill, derided Craigslist's announcement.“If Craigslist is really telling us that they can’t run a page on their website without knowingly facilitating sex trafficking, that would certainly be a damning admission,” he said in a statement.The internet learned that lesson the hard way in March when Craigslist announced that it would be pulling its personals section in response to Senate bill H.R.1865 which, in an effort to curtail online sex trafficking, says websites are responsible for unlawful behaviors made possible because of their personals sections.(Don't worry, the beloved Missed Connections section is still alive and well, and has a new home in Craigslist's community section).The move shocked users everywhere, primarily because the site (and its personals) seemed like an untouchable staple of the early internet.In March, US congress passed the Allow States and Victims to Fight Online Sex Trafficking Act (Fosta). Websites are not usually held responsible for the content that members post - as long as illegal material is removed as soon as the service provider is made aware.The scary part about loving something is that you must eventually let it go.“Not one of these sites, including the big social media companies acting in knee jerk ways, wants this. The people who run safety resources are scared, scared for themselves and scared for their friends,” she said.In an announcement Thursday, Craigslist said, “Any tool or service can be misused.