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.

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    Mike4, 29 Mar 2008 @ 7:14am

    Re: You Belong in Connecticut

    Are you kidding me? How does his religion have anything to do with his actions? I'm Jewish and I strongly disagree with Richard Blumenthal's statement. I completely agree with Mike (as always) and my religion has nothing to do with my personal opinion. In fact, most of my family would probably feel the same - except for the elder members (which is usually the case in these types of stories).

    It sounds like you probably believe all people of a certain race, religion, or nationality deserve to be grouped together and I hate to sound like a 4th grade assembly, but stereotypes are usually nonsense. If you actually think that "Jews control everything," you are ignorant.

    In fact, it's funny to me you think Jews control everything, yet I'm struggling to get by every day. Is there an 800 number or an email address where I can contact someone to let them know they forget about me? If there is some conspiracy run by the Jews, I think I rightfully deserve to be part of it.

    - Mike, a Jew from Jersey

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