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Craigslist, which is a leading marketplace for classifieds listings, is facing criticism for a new policy that requires sellers to post their advertised items on Craigslist first.
The company’s policy applies to all listings on Craigslist, including those for homes and rental apartments.
However, some of the sellers on Craigslist are using the policy to get rid of old furniture and other items they don’t want to have on their site.
In a blog post Monday, Craigslist said it was changing the policy so that sellers can post their products in the following format: “I sell this furniture in this listing.”
The company added that sellers must first notify their buyers of the change.
Some of the other items that may be removed from the listings are kitchen utensils, pillows, and other furniture that the buyer may not want on the property.
Craigslist’s policy also states that sellers should inform buyers of changes in their listings and provide a clear description of the items they are removing.
But some critics are calling the policy a violation of free speech, especially for the elderly and those with limited means.
“The whole point of Craigslist is to help the homeless find jobs, but this policy makes it a little easier for them to find a home,” said Sarah Kneebone, a senior attorney at the Electronic Frontier Foundation.
“The problem is that this policy is clearly designed to make it more difficult for people to find housing, and that makes the whole concept of Craigslist fundamentally flawed.”
The policy change follows a similar move by Amazon, which last year made it easier for sellers to remove items that they do not want to sell on their marketplace.
It also prompted complaints from online critics that Craigslist’s new policy was discriminatory.