Attorneys General Upset That Craigslist Is Profiting From Procedure He Forced Craigslist To Put In Place
from the banging-your-head-on-the-virtual-wall dept
But that doesn't get headlines.
Instead, Blumenthal, based on no legal basis whatsoever, used his soapbox (along with some other attorneys general) to get Craigslist to changing its policies on "adult" advertisements. Whereas, previously, those ads had been free, Craigslist now required that anyone putting up such ads pay for them with a valid credit card, eliminating many of the ads and making it much, much easier to track down whoever placed them in the first place. You would think that would make the AGs happy. Six months later, however, the AGs were still upset, and got Craigslist to change again, boosting the fee on such ads from $5 to $10 and reviewing more of the ads.
Almost all of these moves came in response to public posturing and baseless legal threats from Blumenthal. So what's he doing now?
He's apparently doing more public posturing and issuing more baseless legal threats, because Craigslist stands to make an awful lot of money from these ads -- the very same ads that Craigslist only started charging for because of Blumenthal's pressure:
"I believe Craigslist acted irresponsibly when it unilaterally decided to keep the profits from these posts," Mr. Blumenthal wrote in the letter...Yes, and I believe Blumenthal acted irresponsibly when he put bogus grandstanding pressure on Craigslist to put in place the tollbooth in the first place. At what point does he recognize that Craigslist isn't the target here. It's the people using Cragslist to break the law -- and that Craigslist is more than willing to help law enforcement track down those law breakers?