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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    Mike (profile), 19 May 2009 @ 12:20pm


    If a store in your downtown gets spray painted by taggers, they are required to clean it up. Is it the fault of the building owner? No, but they still have to clean it up, why should CL be any different?

    If you can't understand the difference between that and what's happening here, you're way far gone.

    First, CL DOES clean up such posts when they found out about them. What the don't do is proactively monitor them (well, they do now), because there was no need to do so. If you had an infinitely big wall, and someone painted some grafitti in the corner, you might not notice it until someone points it out, and then you'd clean it up. And... in fact... that's exactly what CL has and did.

    Oops. Your whole analogy is wrong.

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