08 September 2010

US - Craigslist dumps 'adult service' adverts

The online marketplace Craigslist has closed the controversial "adult services" listing in the US. The company has not said why it took the decision, but it has faced an ongoing barrage of criticism from attorneys general and advocacy groups. They have claimed the listing was a virtual tool for pimps and prostitutes. The section has now been replaced with a black and white bar that reads "censored". An "erotic" service is still active outside the US. see also Craigslist adult services takedown could lead to more crime, Microsoft researcher says (Washington Post) and Danah Boyd's post (Huffington Post).