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May 14th, 2009
10:35 AM ET

Craigslist to replace 'erotic services' listings

(CNN) In an interview with CNN's John Roberts, Craigslist CEO Jim Buckmaster confirmed Wednesday that the Web site will replace its controversial online "erotic services" listings with a section where ads are individually checked by Craigslist employees before they are posted.

The popular national classified-ad Web site has been accused by law enforcement officials across the United States of promoting prostitution through its erotic ads.

In a statement released Wednesday, Craigslist executives said the change will take place after current ads expire in seven days.

"Each posting to this new category will be manually reviewed before appearing on the site, to ensure compliance with Craigslist posting guidelines and terms of use," the statement said. Advertisers will pay a $10 fee for each new ad.

Craigslist made headlines recently after a 23-year-old medical student was charged in the death of a masseuse in a Boston hotel room and in a non-fatal hotel assault in Rhode Island. Police have said it appeared that the attacker in both cases had responded to the victims' Craigslist ads.

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    March 5, 2010 at 12:34 pm |
  2. Aaron Taylor

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    September 24, 2009 at 6:22 pm |
  3. Birgit-Bierig

    Great idea, but will this work over the long run?

    July 29, 2009 at 2:44 pm |
  4. Maxwe11

    Legalize it. What right does the government have to punish us for paying for erotic services? Absolutely none.

    May 15, 2009 at 12:28 pm |
  5. diane frigon

    Excellent! A step in the right direction.

    May 14, 2009 at 11:45 pm |
  6. Donald

    Palin support miss california now,i'm sure It's for his profit political,conservatives. why she not support, his son – Law for this magic baby.Joe the plomber east or. John stop the distraction,on watherboarding and the photos the prisoner please, Pelosi, she is corect, W B, he is not corect him.

    May 14, 2009 at 11:39 pm |
  7. Mike

    I'm in agreement with Hampton; this is a very unfortunate incident, but to restrict individual's ability to post what they want, where they want, is simply another restriction on our freedom of speech. Our loss of basic freedoms due to media and public overreaction is alarming.

    May 14, 2009 at 12:38 pm |
  8. Dawna

    There is a dirth of critical thinking in this nation, and I thought Buckmaster's responses, as well as the comments above by Kevin and Hampton, illustrate this: Global thinking, "all or none" generalizations, neither address the issues nor contribute to finding solutions. Buckmaster sounded like a man carefully coached by a legal team, determined not to accept any responsibility for the decisions they make while managing Craig's List. Worse, he spoke of higher risks associated with written ads, and this comment was not substantiated. Where is it written that there is greater risk with other forms of advertizing? How does that not relate to Craig's list–is there a better form of advertizing, better filters? How can we address this risk and find a solution to address safety issues? Is it really legal, necessary or wise to solicit sexually-related services to the public? ETC...
    But no: such questions were not raised, no solutions were considered–instead, we got treated to another version of narcissistic incivility where personal responsibility is abdicated and viewers are asked to choose between two, hypothetical sides requiring them to cop an attitude and relapse into generalizations.
    Let's try to remember that a democracy requires its citizens to be educated enough to use critical thinking skills, and that freedom involves responsibility–it doesn't come free.

    May 14, 2009 at 11:06 am |
  9. Kevin

    Craig's list is being unfairly singled out as there are more obvious locations for adult advertisements that are widely used such as Newspaper classifieds, the yellow pages, (as mentioned) but more blatantly by local free press/ free newspapers in most cities. For Craig's List to make any concessions is unfortunate. Additionally the lawsuite is highly suspect as a lawenforcement media event.
    There is no way to control crime through the restrictive measures being forced upon these sites. Where does it end?

    Cook county should focus on the local papers before going after internet sites.

    May 14, 2009 at 8:44 am |
  10. Hampton

    I think we should shutdown all web sites. I mean isn't this the rationale for people against guns. People are being killed because of these web sites right.

    May 14, 2009 at 8:32 am |