CNN -- Craigslist will replace its controversial online "erotic services" listings with a section where ads are individually checked by Craigslist employees before they are posted, according to Connecticut Attorney General Richard Blumenthal. Craigslist will replace its "erotic services" listings with ads that are screened by the site's employees. The popular classified-ad Web site, which Blumenthal called "a blatant Internet brothel," has been accused by law enforcement officials across the United States of promoting prostitution through its erotic ads.
The internet learned that lesson the hard way in March when Craigslist announced that it would be pulling its personals section in response to Senate bill H. Don't worry, the beloved Missed Connections section is still alive and well, and has a new home in Craigslist's community section. The move shocked users everywhere, primarily because the site and its personals seemed like an untouchable staple of the early internet.
In a remarkable twist to the battle over Craigslist's Adult Services area, the site removes the section and replaces the home-page link to it with a "censored" tag. Some who are at a loose end will find it odd to wake up to a Labor Day weekend and discover that the Adult Section on Craigslist has been removed and that the link to it on the site's home page has been replaced with a black bar reading "censored. Craigslist has long been the whipping boy for attorneys general seeking to control prostitution within their purview and perhaps also seeking to win the favor of certain members of their constituencies.
The world's largest classified ads website, Craigslist. Judy Woodruff gets two views on the larger legal impact. For 50 million Americans, the world's largest classified Web site, Craigslist. But the San Francisco-based site also posts ads for adult services.
The listings came under new scrutiny after the jailhouse suicide last month of a former medical student who was awaiting trial in the killing of a masseuse he met through Craigslist. Critics have likened the services to virtual pimping, while Craigslist maintained the site was carrying ads even tamer than those published by some newspapers. Like many other free online forums, Craigslist typically does not review ads before they are posted by users.
The erotic services category would be deleted next Wednesday, Craigslist said. Craigslist has been under increasing pressure from officials in several states, as violent crimes involving people who had made contact through the site made national headlines. Andrew M.
In this day and age, Cragislist. The popularity of the site means that users can find any kind of relationship, with anyone, anywhere, at any time of the day and all for free! The adult services section has been closed, but the personals section is still active and visited daily by an astonishing number of people.
As of March, 23Craigslist shut down the personals section of their service. This was effective immediatly for the Craigslist website serving the United States only. Other countries like Canada and the United Kingdom will continue to operation their personals section.
Very recently, the US Senate passed a bill to fight online sex trafficking. One of the major sites at the receiving end of this legislation is Craigslist personals which has dominated this area for decades. Craigslist personals used to be a forum which enabled individuals seeking sexual relationships and sex workers.
Craigslist shutdown its adult services listings on Friday replacing the link with a black bar with the word "censored" where the listings previously appeared. The move comes after years of pressure to remove the ads, including an open letter from 17 state attorneys general in late August. The letter said "sharp public criticism of craigslist's Adult Services section reflects a growing recognition that ads for prostitution -- including ads trafficking children -- are rampant on it. The letter wasn't Craigslist's first scuffle regarding sex-related ads.