CDA230

Dart v. Craigslist, Inc., 665 F. Supp. 2d 961 (N.D. Ill. 2009)

Type of online publisher: 
Craigslist, online classified advertising site
Publisher's Role in Third Party Content: 
Created "adult" section; allowed search by sexual preference
CDA § 230 applicable?: 
Yes

The Sheriff of Cook County sued Craigslist arguing that the site's "adult" or "erotic" services section facilitated prostitution and created a public nuisance. The sheriff argued that "Craigslist plays a more active role than an intermediary or a traditional publisher... [because it] causes or induces its users to post unlawful ads-by having an 'adult services' category" and enables users to search by sexual preference. But the court held that Craigslist did not cause or induce illegal conduct: erotic services could include lawful speech protected by the First Amendment and the section featured warnings not to post prostitution-related ads. CDA § 230 therefore barred the sheriff's claims.

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