Wednesday, September 8, 2010

Craigslist and censorship

So now Craigslist has finally bowed to the pressure it's been getting from the politicos. It has shut down its "Adult Services" section, and replaced the link to that area with a big, bold "CENSORED."

As this article points out, this is really dumb - all it's gonna do is move these ads to other sites. I quote from the article:
While some had threatened, no actual lawsuit had been filed against Craigslist for this section -- and for a damn good reason: Craigslist is, without a doubt, protected from liability due to Section 230. Furthermore, Craigslist seems to go out of its way to help law enforcement use the site as a tool to crack down on prostitution. Shutting that down won't stop the prostitution. It'll just drive it to sites that don't work as closely with law enforcement.
Section 230 is the law that shields websites that host user-generated content from being sued because of what their users post. But the Techdirt article I linked to above explains it much better than I can, so make sure you take a look; this is important stuff.

I guess this means we won't get to see "things" like this any more. (Sorry, couldn't resist! And, yes, he is of legal age. And he's not selling it - for that, see below.)

I don't think this picture was digitally modified - the juxtaposition of his fingers and dick looks genuine.

In the meantime, go here to find some interesting alternatives - that is, of course, if you're into actually paying for it. Eeew.

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