Craigslist's Response To Adult Service Criticisms: Hey, eBay's Worse Than Us!

from the um...-a-bit-tone-deaf dept

While I think the political and media campaign against Craigslist's adult services section is seriously misguided, I'm not so sure the company's latest strategy will help win over its critics. CEO Jim Buckmaster has taken to the Craigslist blog to point out that eBay is a hell of a lot worse at policing that type of content, highlighting multiple cases where classified ads on eBay owned sites blatantly (and in very not-safe-for-work fashion) pitch prostitution. This came about after Buckmaster was pointed to a Facebook group laughably claiming that using eBay's classifieds will help stop human trafficking. That's obviously ridiculous -- and even more ridiculous as Buckmaster points out how eBay's classifieds' sites do seem to be used for much worse than the questionable behavior that Craigslist is accused of enabling.

So I understand the reasoning behind Buckmaster's post. It's certainly a pretty ridiculous situation when you're accused of doing something downright evil, and your competitors are being promoted for doing the opposite -- when the actual evidence suggests quite a different story. On top of that, there's a bit of a nasty history between Craigslist and eBay (which owns a percentage of Craigslist, which Craigslist is not at all happy about). However, I'm not so sure the "hey, they're worse than us, even though everyone thinks they're golden," response is going to win over many people. It comes off a bit tone deaf, honestly. Yes, the situation is ridiculous, but this is an emotionally driven topic, and the response people want to see is what Craigslist is doing proactively, not how others are worse.

Filed Under: adult services, blame
Companies: craigslist, ebay


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    Lili Balfour, 17 Aug 2010 @ 2:31pm

    Human Trafficking vs. Legal Prostitution and Porn

    "eBay's classifieds' sites do seem to be used for much worse than the questionable behavior that Craigslist is accused of enabling."

    Craigslist is accused of being the most popular place for child sex trafficking. eBay is accused of hosting legal adult entertainment ads and legal pornographic images.

    These are two different things.

    "Human trafficking is the illegal trade in human beings for the purposes of commercial sexual exploitation or forced labor: a modern-day form of slavery. It is the fastest growing criminal industry in the world, tied with the illegal arms industry as the second largest, after the drug-trade."

    I don't care if a woman (or man) wants to exchange her (or his) body for sex. I don't care if someone wants to look at porn. Those are personal decisions. The problem is traffickers forcing children and other vulnerable people to work for them.

    They say that 25% of sex workers are in the industry by their own choice and 75% are involved due to poverty, drug addiction, or forced trafficking. I would rather spend my time worrying about the 75% that need help than the 25% that want to be left alone.

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