The South Carolina attorney general still doesn't get the message over Craigslist's Erotic Services, and Craigslist is pointing out his hypocrisy.
Over the weekend, AG Henry McMaster released a statement announcing that he was moving forward with a criminal investigation of Craigslist for continuing to display "advertisements for prostitution and graphic pornographic material. This, combined with the fact that there are far more other SC prostitution listings on other sites, suggests that McMaster is more about show than actually cracking down on prostitution.
McMaster had originally threatened Craigslist with criminal prosecution earlier this month, giving the site until May 15 to remove the prostitution listings and other pornographic material. He accused Craigslist of not instituting the appropriate safeguards to fight unlawful activity, though Craigslist insisted that it had not only done plentybut that it was legally protected from content posted to the Craigslist by its users.
Despite this, Craigslist met with the attorneys general from Illinois, Missouri, and Connecticut and agreed to close the controversial part of the site on May At that time, Craigslist said that it would open a new section called "Adult Services" that will feature postings by "legal adult service providers," and that each listing would be manually approved by moderators to ensure compliance with the Terms of Service. However, Craigslist said that it would keep its current Erotic Listings up for seven days—basically until May 20—before shutting them all down.
McMaster is apparently a stickler for detail, and noted in the statement posted to his website that Craigslist had not met his demands of closing down all Erotic Services by the 15th. Craigslist, however, is calling out McMaster.
Buckmaster points out that the Erotic Services section for Greenville, SC has eight that will expire in two days and only one ad in the new Adult Services section—at the same time, the "adult entertainment" section of greenville. There are also five s of escort listings on the Microsoft-owned Live.
And that's not even considering those listed in the print version of the yellow s. Listing image by Flickr user Ivan Mlinaric. Jacqui Cheng Jacqui is an Editor at Large at Ars Technica, where she has spent the last eight years writing about Apple culture, gadgets, social networking, privacy, and more.
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