CNN -- Craigslist may face criminal action in South Carolina unless the online classifieds service stops running the state says promote prostitution and pornography, the state attorney general's office said Thursday.
South Carolina has demanded that Craigslist stop running it says promote prostitution and pornography in the state. McMaster gave Buckmaster until 5 p.
May 15 to remove the material, which primarily includes under the "erotic services" category, attorney general spokesman Mark Plowden said Thursday. Some under "casual encounters" also are explicit. Also Tuesday, Craigslist representatives met in New York with attorneys general from Missouri, Connecticut and Illinois, all of whom want Craigslist to shut down its "erotic services" section in their states.
Craigslist in November entered into an agreement with more than 40 attorneys general and the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children to add safeguards to combat unlawful activity and improve public safety. As part of the reforms, Craigslist agreed to implement credit card verification, assess a fee and require a phone from people posting "erotic services.
But Plowden, who said that part of the agreement seems to have been implemented, said, "It's not enough. The explicit "seem to be handled as a wink, wink, nudge, nudge.
Furthermore, the Craigslist site and content available through the service may contain links to other Web sites, which are completely independent of Craigslist. Craigslist will not be "liable in any way for any content or for any loss or damage of any kind incurred as a result of the use of any content posted, ed or otherwise made available via the service," the section says.
Craigslist made headlines recently when Philip H. Markoff, a year-old medical student, was charged in the death of a masseuse in a Boston, Massachusetts, hotel room and in a non-fatal hotel assault in Rhode Island. Police have said the attacker in both cases apparently had responded to the victims' Craigslist .
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