Craigslist removes "erotic" section from US servers 17 replies

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Commissar MercZ

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#1 8 years ago

Something I came across on recent headlines is that Craigslist is going to start removing its erotic section from US servers. This aspect of craigslist was often made fun of, but a number of groups ranging from community groups to activist groups to attorney generals of US states said that this section allowed for prostitution and sex trafficking. There was a recent case in Washington DC where a man plead guilty to charges of assaulting women he found through the erotic section.

Craigslist today stopped access to the section. US visitors to the site should now see a "CENSORED" block over where the link once was.

Personally I always saw it as a strange part of Craigslist. According to some accounts craigslist was on its way to make at least $44 million in revenue from its erotic section for 2010. Whether or not this is temporary or not remains to be seen.




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#2 8 years ago

Censorship isn't acceptable in a democratic nation. That makes us no better than China or Iran.




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#3 8 years ago

I'm not sure if it's as clear cut and dry as "censorship" though. I think some legitimate arguments were made that craigslist's erotic section would have been violating state laws.

Question is whether the bunch who run craigslist will have this move as permanent. Judging from what they did I don't think they intend to until they settle their legal disputes.




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#4 8 years ago

I'd be willing to bet that it will simply push the people that would be in that section elsewhere on the site, resulting in more clutter in the more "reputable" sections.




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#5 8 years ago
Commissar MercZ;5390499I'm not sure if it's as clear cut and dry as "censorship" though. I think some legitimate arguments were made that craigslist's erotic section would have been violating state laws. Question is whether the bunch who run craigslist will have this move as permanent. Judging from what they did I don't think they intend to until they settle their legal disputes.

Anything can be construed to be "illegal" if you claim it can be used for prostitution. We should outlaw the internet and text messaging.




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#6 8 years ago

Thing is, they probably seen a significant amount of money increase once they started an adult section, and hated to see the extra money leave. It took a while for them to do this though.The owner probably figured sitting in jail, or going to multiple courtrooms defending himself. He opted to keep the income he has, and not fuss with the law. In light of that, the owner was probably stalling to find some other way to substitute that income before he had to stop the adult section. Who knows, he may have created another website to accommodate the original users from the adult list section, then waited for it to make cash long before things started clamping down on his other list site "Craigslist". More or less (not some big sensor issue IMO)




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#7 8 years ago

Technology, just like rules, seems to be invented for the sole purpose of being broken. It's terrible that it was used for trafficking and such, but to be honest they probably shouldn't have had an 'erotic' section to begin with.

Bohemund;5390274Censorship isn't acceptable in a democratic nation. That makes us no better than China or Iran.

Welcome to America.




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#8 8 years ago
Bohemund;5390512Anything can be construed to be "illegal" if you claim it can be used for prostitution. We should outlaw the internet and text messaging.

I dont see why prostitution is illegal. If the woman wants to get fucked for money....why not let her?




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#9 8 years ago

Nite is mad because now he has to get a new method of procuring the hookers he murders. I can understand craigslist not wanting to limit its business, especially since that portion was so lucrative, but if they were violating state law then there's not much question that they had to shut it down.




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#10 8 years ago
Bohemund;5390274Censorship isn't acceptable in a democratic nation. That makes us no better than China or Iran.

The dilemma is that if you want democracy you need censorship. Once you've invoked censorship to protect one ideal - democratic process - why not invoke it to protect people from being used in sex trafficking?

While democracy may incline people to dislike censorship there remains a need to protection the freedom of conscience by way of privacy to the integrity of the democratic process that necessitates its existence. After which the censorship of any specific thing in the interests of diminishing harm can't be dismissed so easily.




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