April 23, Craigslist is expected to soon make it more difficult to advertise erotic services like prostitution and pornography on its website. The online classified ads community, which has dominated tabloid headlines since the arrest of the so-called "Craigslist killer" in Boston Monday, now is working on initiatives designed to make it more difficult to post erotic photos.
South Carolina yesterday became the latest state to threaten Craigslist with criminal charges over the site's "erotic services" section. McMaster believes Craigslist has failed to prohibit its "erotic services" section from being used as a "vehicle to advertise or solicit prostitution" -- a criminal act in South Carolina. McMaster has given Craigslist until 5 p.
I work with the mentally ill. I like to go out with my friends and have fun or even stay in and watch movies and chill out. I'm easy going.
Law-enforcement officials and groups that oppose human trafficking have been highly critical of Craigslist, saying that the adult ads helped facilitate prostitution and the selling of women against their will. Craigslist, which is based in San Franciscodid not respond to requests for comment, and it was unclear whether the block represented a permanent shift in policy or a temporary protest against the outside pressure on the company, which has lasted several years. The controversy is the one of the most prominent in the debate over free speech on the Web, where anyone can easily and anonymously post anything: just how much responsibility does a Web site have for what is posted by its users, or for potential criminal activity that results from the posts? The company, while promising to provide more rigorous oversight of the ads, has defended its right to run them and says it is protected under federal law — the Communications Decency Act — a position that judges and legal experts have generally backed.
In the aftermath, Craigslist said it was cracking down. This is so illegal! Hundreds of sexually oriented advertisements are still easy to find on Craigslist.
The adult postings, including thinly disguised come-ons for sex services, were criticized by authorities in several states after the April shooting death of Julissa Brisman, a year-old New York City woman police said was killed by Boston University medical student Philip Markoff during an encounter at the Boston Marriott Copley Place hotel. Markoff pleaded not guilty to murder and other charges and is in jail, awaiting trial in Suffolk Superior Court. Massachusetts Attorney General Martha Coakley is not participating.
A man accused of killing a masseuse he met through the online advertising site Craigslist has killed himself in the Boston jail where he was awaiting trial, authorities said yesterday. Former medical student Philip Markoff, 24, was found unresponsive in his cell yesterday morning in the Nashua Street Jail. He was pronounced dead at about
Attorneys general from 17 states send a letter that asks the company to remove its adult services section due to ongoing ads they say promote prostitution and child trafficking. Attorneys general from 17 states sent a joint letter PDF on Tuesday that asks the site to immediately remove the section because it promotes prostitution and child trafficking. In the letter to Craigslist CEO Jim Buckmaster and founder Craig Newmark, the attorneys general state that ads for both adult and child prostitutes are "rampant" on the site.
AP -- A month after the killing of a masseuse who advertised on Craigslist, the classified ad site announced plans Wednesday to eliminate its "erotic services" category and screen all submissions to a new "adult services" section before they are posted. Law enforcement officials praised the move as a victory against online prostitution, but they acknowledged doubts about whether the changes will curb the practice. We want to see action," said Dan Gallagher, an attorney representing Cook County Sheriff Tom Dart, who sued Craigslist in March, accusing it of being the nation's biggest source of prostitution.
The measures could set a precedent for similar sites, said Connecticut Attorney General Richard Blumenthal, who led a state task-force on Craigslist and campaigned publicly for tighter controls on the San Francisco-based service. Philip Markoff, a year-old Boston University medical student, was charged with killing Brisman and with attacks on two other women he met through Craigslist ads. Craigslist, a year-old online bazaar that generates more than 20 billion page views per month in 50 countries with a staff of just 28 people, is partially owned by online auctioneer eBay, which bought 25 percent in Along with free listings for everything from apartments and furniture to jobs and cars, Craigslist.