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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    Rob, 19 May 2009 @ 9:09am

    I am completely against phone-hookers

    "at&t would cut off the phone service of a hooker randomly calling people offering service".

    Well AT&T haven't cut off the hookers that call me all the time and say they're from credit card services or that the warranty on my car is about to expire. Yes those whores are much more disturbing to me than anything on CL.

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