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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    Matt, 29 Mar 2008 @ 10:26pm

    Re: Craigslist and prositution

    Thanks for your narrow-band view on the matter.

    The fact remains that, if a woman so desired, she could sell her eggs... and indeed her whole damn uterus! to another person or couple if she desired. However, selling the vagina? No, that's where we draw the line.

    It's easy, and, let's face it, LAZY as hell to brand me as a... What was it... "perverted {man]," by saying that prostitution should be legal. But I think that prostitution, provided that it's by the woman's (or man's) free will, should be a matter of choice.

    This, I feel, also should apply to abortion. Your body is, or should be, about the only thing that you can truly own in the free and clear. Free will, rather than someone else's narrow interpretation of archaic and quaint religious dogma, should be the law.

    Tracy, if you're that damn prudish about it, go buy yourself a chastity belt and shut the hell up. Don't pretend that your views represent the rest of the population, or that yours has any more validity than mine does.

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