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In a statement Friday following FOSTA's near-ratification – the bill awaits President Donald Trump's signature – Craigslist wrote: "Any tool or service can be misused.

We can't take such risk without jeopardizing all our other services, so we are regretfully taking craigslist personals offline.

But, in , Craigslist's representatives said that it was combatting abuses when they were found, and worked closely with law enforcement.

in 2010, Craigslist said that its critics were simply trying to prohibit casual sex between consenting adults. Try an ad that consists entirely of your favorite movie dialogue or a list of beloved fictional characters. My ad requested a man "financially stable, kinda handsome, who can slow dance, make me laugh, read between the lines." Cast a wide net and edit out the responses. has reported on the LGBT civil rights movement and the LGBT community for more than 30 years, beginning as a freelance writer and later as a staff reporter and currently as Senior News Reporter for the Washington Blade.He has chronicled LGBT-related developments as they have touched on a wide range of social, religious, and governmental institutions, including the White House, Congress, the U. Supreme Court, the military, local and national law enforcement agencies and the Catholic Church.

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