Craigslist Blamed Yet Again For Something It Didn't Do

from the just-can't-help-it,-huh? dept

Weren't we just pointing out that everyone seems to want to blame Craigslist for things that it has no responsibility for? The latest is Connecticut's Attorney General, who has attacked Craigslist for allowing ads for prostitution. This is hardly a new charge. Last summer, the mayor of Atlanta lobbed similar charges at Craigslist. But, of course, just like that time, the blame is misplaced. Craigslist is the tool provider, not the content provider. To blame Craigslist isn't just wrong, when it comes to illegal acts like prostitution, it's downright backwards. Why? Because as some police have realized, Craigslist is actually a really useful tool for police to track down and arrest people breaking the law.

So not only is it placing the blame on the wrong party, it's doing so in a way that would only drive the prostitution further underground, making it harder for the police (and the Attorney General's office) to do their job. How smart is that? But it sure does generate headlines... The Attorney General, Richard Blumenthal, had this to say in a letter to Craigslist:
"I am astonished and appalled by Craigslist's refusal to recognize the reality of prostitution on its Web site -- despite advertisements containing graphic photographs and hourly rates, and widespread public reports of prostitutes using the site."
To which I can only reply: I am astonished and appalled by Richard Blumenthal's refusal to recognize the reality of liability and section 230 safe harbors -- despite it being the law of the land and widely known and discussed in legal circles.

Filed Under: blame, craigslist, prostitution, richard blumenthal
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    Irish2u, 13 Jun 2009 @ 1:18pm

    CraigsList BS

    This is so pathetic Knowing what we know from MUCH older sites,AOL,MSN,Yahoo and others NO matter who starts what Their are those who will turn something good to something bad, and knowing all this when one starts all this now a .days they COVER their Backsides. But i say if your gonna spend so much time in putting up something then you go the time to invest in making it the best it can be and NUMBER 1 Protect people to the fullest.Craig won't do nothing and play so called hard ball standing his ground UNTIL threaten by the LAW,But when it comes to JOE citizen their little or no effort to act on it and will come off with something LAME. Look way back when they use to appoint monitors who were giving the power to pull someone up with a warning or band them and even if you changed your name they had ways to know who you were rejecting you, But because jobs,titles can go to peoples heads thinking their all that and playing police and having a bad day when they may have been wrong and on a power trip , i think this is why it came to and end.;-(
    As far as the latest on CL, he tried to hold his ground threatening a law suit but quickly decided to Close the Section, But see the prostitute are in every section and some more upfront then others, like in personals where 95+% ads are FAKES, Why has it been dealt with, its just people soliciting for prostitution, So maybe its Better to End those sections period.
    Then you got all the People scamming people who are trying to sell something,selling fake items/knock offs and even ebay is full of them, their got to be better ways of protecting people.
    Security verses CAPTCHA is BS, what a bad idea, its stops nothing, they get around it so whats the point of racking your brain to even read the code to type in ? Ive sometimes had to do it 5 or 6 times to get it right, Even BOTs got around it, so if they can so can others, I think theirs is something more behind it besides money and security.
    I am just so sick of the people who lie to the people, from the white house down.Peace

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