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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  1. identicon
    Ari, 30 Mar 2008 @ 9:29pm

    Re: You Belong in Connecticut

    "There is always an ulterior motive, this is the one media outlet the Jews don't control and he probably just can't accept that."

    How big of an idiot do you want to look like? The guy who owns craiglist is Jewish. (http://www.nndb.com/people/727/000057556/)

    Also, if you don't like the contributions of Jews, enjoy a life with Polio and Polytheism (or does the Bible not count as a media outlet?), and without: the cellphone (startac invented in Israel), the Pentium chip (invented in Israel), the atomic science (nuclear energy, radiation therapy, etc), flouride toothpaste, and the remote control.

    Perhaps we shouldn't have invented the remote control - then maybe you'd get off your fat, tooth-decayed ass and take note of all the great things Jews have given to the world, including Craigslist.

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