Backpage was a classified ads platform on which people could sell or buy goods and services. The platform was active and used by thousands of people before it was shut down by the US Department of Justice. While Backpage allowed users to post all kinds of goods and services, it was particularly known for active sex workers and escort userbase.
Craigslist said on Wednesday that it had permanently closed the section of its sites in the United States that carried sex-related advertising, but it defended its right to carry such advertisements as well as its efforts to fight sex trafficking. William Clinton Powell, director of customer and law enforcement relations at Craigslist, and Elizabeth L. Powell said.
Sadly, I'm not surprised. I'm not really sure what it was that caused Craigslist to slip more and more into the ghetto, though I suspect it was perhaps Backpage-related. I think I'll sound unavoidably classist in saying this, but maybe when Backpage cracked down on the lower-class escorts that used it and they moved to CL, everyone else followed?
To look at Craigslist's new Adult Services section it to find slightly more subtle language, slightly more subtle pictures. But, one suspects, the same services as before. No, those aren't my words.
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 internet, which has been with us for over the three decades now, really did change a lot of the things that we do, think, and believe. But maybe, the most impactful thing that the internet has changed, is how we meet, date, find casual partners, and hook up with others. Craigslist made all the casual meetings through the internet plausible, fast, and simple.
Campaigners against prostitution and sex trafficking appeared to have won a victory over the weekend when Craigslistthe powerful online advertising website, capitulated to mounting pressure and removed its "adult services" content from US servers. The move is an important concession in the fierce debate in America between free speech and first amendment advocates and those seeking to clean up the web and protect vulnerable girls and women from exploitation. It follows a sustained campaign by prosecutors across the US to have the sex advertisements removed.
The site was under fire for allegedly allowing illegal prostitution to flourish and came under particular scrutiny after the murder of Julissa Brisman, a 26 year old masseuse who was allegedly killed by Phillip Markoff, 22, who had met her through an advert she had posted on Craigslist. However, Craigslist CEO Jim Buckmaster has publicly railed against what he sees as unfair discrimination against his company. In his blogBuckmaster cites numerous explicit adverts for escorts and sensual massage at backpage.
Merrit Kennedy. Craigslist said Friday that it is taking the site's personals section offline. AP hide caption.
On Wed. May 13, Craigslist announced that it will shut down its erotic services section, marking the end of an era. With the negative publicity generated by the Craigslist Killer and a stampede of outraged attorney generals calling for its demise, Craigslist Erotic Services will be no more. This is a requiem.