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Craigslist, the Internet's iconic ad bazaar, has stopped allowing U.S. users to access its "adult services" ads.
On Saturday morning, the link to those ads - which had been criticized by prosecutors and human-trafficking groups as a tool for pimps and prostitutes - were replaced by a black box with the word "censored" in white letters. News reports indicated that the ads were still visible to users in other countries.
It's unclear, for now, whether the change is a temporary statement or a signal that Craigslist will stop allowing the ads.
In a statement, Connecticut Attorney General Richard Blumenthal (D) - who was among 17 attorneys general who last month asked Craigslist to shut down its "adult" section - said he welcomed "Craigslist's apparent decision to close" the section.
joined:Jan 12, 2009
If not, then what, now that you've killed the informant, the snitch, the tipster?
If you sample 50 listings, investigate, and they all come up prostitution . .
It's a pandemic, not a public nuisance.
Not to mention that people offering legitimate adult services have had their rights trampled all over, but it's OK to put them out of business, they're sleazy anyway, right?
joined:Aug 12, 2004
Just because you close down a public nuisance doesn't mean you've solved the problem, you just swept it under the carpet, out of sight, out of mind.Thank you.
joined:Dec 29, 2003
what’s the difference between setting up a honey pot for prostitution and those crimes?
I'm certain that the same flasks or condensors offered for sale to future scientists could also be used to cook meth. So what do we do? Outlaw selling chemistry sets?
joined:Apr 13, 2002
Even though courts have said that Craigslist is protected under federal law, Mr. Blumenthal said part of his mission was to rally public support to change federal law.
"Raising public awareness is extraordinarily important, because it increases support for changes in the law that will hold them accountable," he said. "Their view of the law, which is blanket immunity for every site on the Internet, never has been upheld by the United States Supreme Court, and I think there is some serious doubt."
It looks like the Attorneys may want to raise the bar on what is legally classified as free speech so that sites like Craigslist can be held accountable.
I am disgusted at the actions of all these supposed AG, they care not for the people.They care about re-election.