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    Craigslist to remove erotic services section, monitor adult services posts

    Craigslist to remove erotic services section

    After weeks of pressure from state and local law enforcement officials, Craigslist is announcing today that it will remove its controversial erotic services section permanently. In its place, the classifieds site has created an "adult services" category for which every new listing will be manually approved. Currently most ads on the site are posted without review.

    As of today, the erotic services section will no longer accept new ads and will be removed completely in seven days. Posts to the adult services section will cost $10, twice as much as those for erotic services listings. Craigslist had agreed to donate proceeds from the erotic services listings to charity but says that rule will not necessarily apply to the new ads.

    Craigslist Chief Executive officer Jim Buckmaster said in an interview that the site had come to the decision after carefully weighing input from law enforcement, users, legitimate online businesses and free speech advocates.

    "It was a balancing act where we’re trying to respond to feedback to constituencies that we felt were important. When you’re talking about attorneys general who are the top legal authority in their respective states," he said, "That was feedback that we felt was important to take into account."
    I imagine future ads will be less descriptive.

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    Sounds like a new opportunity for the owner's of MERB.

    Note: Lots more spyware from Blueville these days.

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    My bet is that many will just move to the casual encounters section, albeit with more euphemisms. Also, this will increase the popularity of Backpage.

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    Quote Originally Posted by pinkworm
    USA-only according to Jim

    http://blog.craigslist.org/2009/05/s...a-new-balance/

    too damned bad, the Montreal toilet needs flushing too.
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    casual encounter section

    Quote Originally Posted by warren10019
    My bet is that many will just move to the casual encounters section, albeit with more euphemisms. Also, this will increase the popularity of Backpage.
    The casual encounter section of CL already sucks big time.

    Most of the W4M are flagged right off the bat as being spam and the balance that gets through are mostly looking for "age verification" or looking for you to register at other internet sites.

    The actual number of real women is really quite small. To further pollute it with the erotic section would make it near useless. (Although I recognize that this will not likely happen in Canada for a little while)

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    Craigslist to Drop Erotic Service Ads

    http://news.aol.com/article/craigsli...tic-ads/480586

    I'm not sure if it's US based only or international.

    Post merged to this thread.
    Last edited by Mod 9; 05-14-2009 at 04:08 PM.

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