by Mike Masnick

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andrew cuomo, new york, photo op, prostitution


Cuomo Uses Craigslist To Bust Prostitution Ring... Still Blaming Craigslist

from the think-about-that-for-a-second... dept

Following Craigslist's big announcement last week on the changes to how it handles "adult" ads, Andrew Cuomo angrily denounced the changes, claiming that several weeks before, "we informed Craigslist of an impending criminal case that implicated its website." It seems the details of that case have now become clear, as a prostitution ring that solely worked via Craigslist was busted by Cuomo. Yet, rather than recognize that the information on Craigslist allowed them to track down and arrest this crew, Cuomo is still lashing out at the site:
"Unless craigslist gets serious about putting real protections in place, it will continued to be an environment where criminal operations thrive with impunity,"
Does Andrew Cuomo even realize what he's saying? He's saying that they'll operate with impunity right after he showed that's not true by arresting them. Given the fact that Craigslist cooperates with the police (and one assumes it did in this case as well, given that Cuomo approached them about it "weeks ago"), then Craigslist actually helped the police catch these criminals. Does Cuomo blame AT&T after AT&T helps him get a wireptap in a criminal investigation? After all, AT&T provided the phone system, which allowed the criminal operations to thrive with impunity.

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    PaulT (profile), 22 May 2009 @ 9:47am


    "The people putting up the sign boards better know what they are marketing."

    The thing is, Craigslist aren't putting up the ads, nor are they marketing anything. They're simply providing the space for others to do so. Just like AT&T, they don't get involved in what users do on their network, so in the same way they should not be held responsible for misuse.

    Anyway, your little rant doesn't address the point being made - that Cuomo's complaining about the exact same mechanism that allowed him to catch these people. Surely it's better for such illegal activity to be out in the open and easily stopped rather than being underground and hard to detect?

    "Heck, if your opinion of Cuomo is that low and HE can figure out they are hookers, don't you think the very smart people at CL could figure it out too?"

    It's not Craigslist's job to act as police, and by doing so they would risk removing safe harbour protections and increasing liability for their customers' actions. Let the police do their job, with Craigslist acting as a valuable tool to catch the less savvy criminals.

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