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Craigslist pulled its Personals section in response to the combined Fight Online Sex Trafficking Act and the Stop Enabling Sex Traffickers Act that Congress passed back in March 2018. That law makes websites criminally and civilly liable for any misuse of personal ads by their users. The Missed Connections community lives on, though, under the Craigslist Community section.
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As these ads go offline, we spoke to a 25-year-old man in New York who used Craigslist’s personal ads — specifically the casual encounters section — as a way of finding casual sex in his early 20s. He spoke to us on condition of anonymity, because, well, that’s what Craigslist personals were all about. It’s part of what made them successful, he thinks.
It has a lot of features that are primarily focused to make the chatting experience interactive and dynamic. Everything from filters, animations to gifs and static images is aimed at keeping the chatters engaged and entertained. And finally, the option to set a 1 to 10-second expiration date on anything you send the other party makes it perfect for sexting.