“This also had major implications for consensual sex work because a platform like Craigslist is liable for escort ads published on their site. I could write a much longer article about that, but for the moment we are talking about Tumblr.”
I have doubt about the level of sex trafficking that involves either kids or the unwilling, most of what people call sex trafficking was actually just consensual sex workers that had no other way to make a living because of our prohibitions on the legal sex trade. Passing a law or two in the congress is not going to end sex outside of the missionary position in marriage. It will just make it that much harder to control the real criminal aspects of paid for sex.
And the social damage done by these laws, CraigsList personals was one of the very few outlets for the LGBT community in MOST regions of the nation outside of a few very large cities. If you did not fit the demographic of bar going singles who can walk into any drinking establishment and go home with a trick you pretty much had the one option of CL. I lived in a county of a quarter million people which was hundreds of miles from the nearest major metropolitan area with a gay bar, or establishment of any kind, there were no other avenues for meeting other gay people. Maybe some of the phone apps, but those are effectively off limits to anyone over 30.
As usual the do-gooders of society meaning to stop a well marketed “problem” instead dropped a house on all of us and refuse to admit they went far too far.
But, I agree the net is as good as dead. Between the russian trolls, the Alt Rgt who aid and abet them, the commercialization that has made so many websites unusable, the paid subscription only news outlets, even once proud and free standard bearers of a neutral net like Google are now worthless, I notice the first 100k of 1 million “hits” on search terms are all commercial in nature. You have to often go to page 80 or so of your search results to find actual relevant content that does not include buying something.