Craigslist Caving Shows The Perils Of Self-Policing... Or The Perils Of Grandstanding Politicians?

from the i'd-argue-the-latter dept

Following Craigslist's decision to cave in to demands and start monitoring every "adult services" post on its platform, the Wall Street Journal is running a rather odd article suggesting that this somehow shows "the perils of self-policing" by a community, and suggesting that such crowdsourced reviews don't work. Except, that's a gross misreading of the actual situation. The crowdsourcing worked just fine. The issue was that members of the Craigslist community didn't have a problem with the ads in question. Those who did have problems were grandstanding politicians looking to get elected to higher office. If anything, it doesn't show the perils of self-policing, it shows the perils of getting caught in the sights of grandstanding politicians who need to whip up populist anger even if they have no legal basis to do so.

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Companies: craigslist


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    PRMan, 19 May 2009 @ 5:13am

    I am completely against prostitution

    But should we arrest Caltrans workers because a prostitute showed up on their road in Hollywood?

    Should we arrest AT&T workers because a prostitute used a phone?

    Should we arrest Motel 6 executives because undoubtedly prostitutes have used their services without their knowledge for years?

    No, in every case it is the prostitutes and Johns that are arrested, not the "places" where these things happen.

    Now, suddenly because it's Craigslist, we should arrest Craig Newmark? If so, we need to check off the above list first, because there has been far more prostitution in the previous 3 locations mentioned.

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