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 @ 5:35pm

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    cl profits greatly from erotic service ads because traffic flow is used to define value for paying advertisers in other areas. cl is the number 1 classified site in large part due to erotic ads sections which are very popular. remove that traffic and see where cl ends up their ad prices likely will go down.

    Spoken without any basis for support whatsoever. Also it's quite difficult to support the claim that ad prices would go down without erotic services, as CL only charges for a very small number of ads in a few cities. The type of ads it charges for have nothing to do with erotic services. I've used CL for years, and never even knew it had an erotic services category until this whole mess happened.

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