Sunday, September 5, 2010

Craigslist censored

It was just a matter of time wasn't it?

I mean prostitution is against the law and there it was alive and well, warts and all, on the Internet in a location near you.

No pun intended by the use of the phrase "warts and all".

Craigslist strikes adult services under pressure

Craigslist appears to have surrendered in a legal fight over erotic ads posted on its website, shutting down its adult services section Saturday and replacing it with a black bar that simply says "censored."

The move comes just over a week after a group of state attorneys general said there weren't enough protections against blocking potentially illegal ads promoting prostitution. It's not clear if the closure is permanent, and it appears to only affect ads in the United States.

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, a popular site that lets users post classified ads, often for free.

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