Craigslist | XXX | Internet

XXX in the Internet is not a surprise for anyone. After all, the porn industry is probably the most successful and influential business since the inception of the Net. But has it gone too far?

The popular website Craigslist has finally closed its “adult services” part of their site. After years of unfortunate, tragic events and pressure from multiple establishments, they will no longer let people upload adult oriented ads.

But, Craigslist is by far not the only website with these kinds of services. So are these establishments coming after craigslist being unfair?

In the BBC News article Craigslist dumps ‘adult service’ adverts, by author Maggie Shiels, several factors are addressed:

[…] in the blogosphere there has been broad support for Craigslist’s position.

“It is surely, though, splendidly naive to think Craigslist would somehow be alone in providing a forum for prostitution ads,” said Chris Matyszczyk on the news blog CNET.com.

“However, Craigslist is in the unfortunate position of being high-profile and successful and has become a very easy target in what is a far more complex and nuanced issue than the attorneys general are making out.”

And at Wired, Evan Hansen said: “Internet services may accelerate and exacerbate some social problems like prostitution, but they rarely cause them. The root of these issues – and their solutions – lie in the realm of public policy, not web sites.”

I agree with the last statement. I honestly believe it is naive to think that a single website can be the root of all evil in the world. Or at least prostitution.

But that is just my thought. What do you think? Should all websites housing these kinds of services be eliminated? Or have we gone too far?

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