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Judges: craigslist is just a ‘messenger’

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Online classified and community site craigslist is just a "messenger" and is not liable for discriminatory ads posted on the site by its users, a three-judge panel for the 7th Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals concluded in a ruling released Friday. The judges upheld a November 2006 ruling by a U.S. District Court, which found that craigslist is considered an "interactive computer service" under federal law, and is not a publisher. In February 2006, the Chicago Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights Under Law sued craigslist for a series of rental housing ads containing discriminatory language that appeared on the site. The lawyers' group, a nonprofit entity that advocates for affordable housing and fair-housing law compliance, found examples of discriminatory language posted at the site during 2005 such as, "no minorities," "no children," and "clean, godly Christian male." At issue in the lawsuit and appeal was whether the U.S. Comm...