Craigslist not liable for discriminatory ads

Is this ad legal? “af seeking clean, polite roommate who won’t drink all the beer in the fridge and can tolerate loud gangsta rap all night long. NO UGLIES.”

A federal appeals court upheld a previous ruling in favor of Craigslist on Friday, saying that the public message board was not liable for discriminatory postings. The judges said that Craigslist was not a publisher, but rather an online service provider, and should not be expected to filter the ads posted by its users.

The case, which began in February of 2006, was brought by a Chicago-based civil rights group called the Chicago Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law. The plaintiffs had argued that Craigslist was guilty of violating the Fair Housing Act of 1968 by allowing users to place housing listings with restrictions like “NO MINORITIES” or “No children.” The Committee provided subtler examples as well—such as a listing that specified “Catholic Church and beautiful Buddhist Temple within one block”—citing it as religious preference on behalf of the person who made the listing. (link)

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1 Response to “Craigslist not liable for discriminatory ads”


  1. 1 Craigslist Proxy June 21, 2008 at 12:01 pm

    It is just how they get around the possibility of their arse being sued.


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