‘Craigslist’ Category

The Internet: A Rabbit Hole for Those Who Try to Control It

May 13th, 2009

As you may have heard, Craigslist is closing down its Erotic Services section, after a continuous attack by politicians and cops.  Ultimately, though, as many have noted, modern-day bureaucrats cannot control the internet or the oldest profession:

As PC World reports: “The notion that Craigslist and [its] officers should be held responsible for third-party content on their site because they didn’t do enough to satisfy the individual whims of respective state attorneys general is wholly inconsistent with the law,” says (Electronic Frontier Foundation) senior staff attorney Matt Zimmerman.”

The internet is, increasingly, a rabbit hole for those who want to control content, which is to say, the internet has already beat them.

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Craigslist Under “Scrutiny” — Again

April 25th, 2009

Once again, Craigslist is under attack — or as this press report says, under “scrutiny” — following the murder of a woman who advertised erotic services on Craigslist in Boston. As Reuters reports, “Legal experts say growing scrutiny of Craigslist by authorities could lead to big changes at the 14-year-old online bazaar that generates more than 20 billion page views per month in 50 countries with a staff of just 28 people.”

Reuters continues: “Connecticut Attorney General Richard Blumenthal, who led a probe into (AIG’s) controversial $165 million in bonuses, this week called on Craigslist to block ads for escort services that promote prostitution.”

Julissa Brisman, a 26-year-old masseuse, “was bashed in the head and shot three times… A Boston University medical student who answered her Craigslist ad, is charged with the murder.

Meanwhile, some authorities, including Mr. Blumenthal above, is suggesting some of the blame lies with Craigslist. We say this: 99.99999999999% of those who have used Craigslist do not commit crimes. The murderer in this case must be punished to the full extent of the law. But, once again, certain segments of society want to assign some blame to others. By Mr Blumenthal’s logic, we should also blame the car company who made the car that the murderer used to get to the murder scene. Maybe we should blame the hotel for providing the scene. Who else can we blame?

We get worried whenever anybody wants to restrict or censor  the internet. We do not need a nanny-state prohibiting us from going down a dark alley, or telling us we’ve had too many cookies. Also, Blumenthal, like others before him, are using this opportunity to legislate “the oldest profession.” He will fail, like the others before him. We just wish he would separate the crime of murder from basic freedoms, and the existence of the internet.

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Traffic Building Tip: Craigslist

April 13th, 2009

Posting on Craigslist — i.e., to announce and promote the products or services of your web site — is a strong search engine (indexing) technique  you can regularly use, to drive traffic to your site. Just be sure you follow the rules so you don’t get kicked off Craigslist.

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“Top Craigslist Tips for Power Users”

March 27th, 2009

“Almost entirely text-based, Craigslist is one of the simplest sites on the Net: Anyone can find what they’re looking for with a few clicks of the mouse. But with the help of a few advanced tricks and tools, you can cut through the clutter and discover precisely what’s available, all the while avoiding scams and wasteful search software.”

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Craigslist Prostitution Task Force in New York

March 22nd, 2009

Police in Westchester County, NY are the latest to go after Craigslist advertisers/clients of the “oldest profession” — they’ve made over 100 arrests. Most recently, they arrested a husband and wife who were allegedly running a bordello in their quiet neighborhood home.

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Sheriff Sues Craigslist Over Sex Ads (Updated)

March 6th, 2009

The sheriff of Cook County, IL says Craigslist is “a public nuisance” and wants a federal judge to shut down the “erotic services’ section. And he wants $100,000 to reimburse his department for investigating the website. The sheriff is not the first law enforcement official to go after Craigslist, which is often in the bullseye for its size (Craigslist is the #9 most popular website).

Brook Meeks, spokesperson for the Center for Democracy and Technology stated: “Craigslist is providing an interactive computer service, and as such is protected under Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act. This provision essentially says that a service like Craigslist can’t be treated as a publisher or speaker of any information put there by a user. So Craigslist isn’t responsible for the content that users put on its site. That said, Craigslist has worked with law enforcement and toughened up the procedures — requir(ing) (a)  name and valid credit card — for putting erotic ads online.” Here’s the full story.

UPDATE: WE RECEIVED A QUESTION ON THIS: “Where’s this county located?”

This is the county Chicago is located in.

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