Wednesday, May 13, 2009

Craigslist Changes Sex Ads

This is probably for the better. Craigslist used to be the spot for anyone trying to get it on. Now Craigslist is hiring folks to proof-read and censor sex ads placed on the site. But what if one of the employees is one of the people who actually posts the sex ads? They'll be the one's with total access to everyone else trying to get it on. Just a thought.

(Brad Stone - New York Times - May 13) Craigslist, the Web’s largest classified advertising site, said on Wednesday that it will close its controversial “erotic services” category, which critics have said is a forum that facilitates prostitution and other illegal activities.

In its place, the company has created a new category called “adult services” in which postings will be reviewed by employees, who will look for indications of activity that violates the site’s guidelines.

The move comes in the wake of pressure from officials in several states. But it does not appear to go far enough to satisfy everyone in the growing chorus of Craigslist’s critics.

Andrew Cuomo, New York’s attorney general, said that an impending criminal case brought by his office implicated the erotic services category. “Rather than work with this office to prevent further abuses, in the middle of the night, Craigslist took unilateral action which we suspect will prove to be half-baked," Mr. Cuomo said in a statement.

Jim Buckmaster, chief executive of Craigslist, said the move was not made under any legal pressure.

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