Federal Court Says Craigslist Isn't Subject to Fair Housing Laws

march 18, 2008  09:12 am
A federal appeals court ruled Friday that Craigslist should not be held liable for discriminatory housing ads posted on the site, the Associated Press reports. The decision upholds a Nov. 2006 ruling by the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois, Eastern Division, which ruled that Craigslist serves as an intermediary party, not a publisher, and that the federal Communications Decency Act protects sites that allow users to post unedited messages and communicate freely in forums.