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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  1. identicon
    Nasch, 29 Mar 2008 @ 4:41pm

    Re: Re: Re: Carlin said it best.

    "Why is it illegal to sell something that is perfectly legal to give away for free? "

    The only other thing I can think of where that's the case (at least in the US) is organs (like kidneys, not pipe organs). So do you feel the same way about those? I'm not saying it's necessarily wrong (though there are ethical considerations), but if that's your position it should apply to other things besides sex.

    "Yes Mike prostitution should be legal so more men have other avenues to cheat on their wife or girlfriend,. You are a moron."

    If the only reason a man is not cheating on his wife is for lack of opportunity, there's something very wrong with the relationship anyway. Maybe freely available prostitution would get the problem out in the open sooner.

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