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Craigslist To Get Tough On Sex Ads

Requiring verification

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Craigslist said today it is implementing new measures, in partnership with state law enforcement and the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children (NCMEC), to prevent its online classifieds from being used for prostitution, child exploitation, and other illegal activity.

The measures are part of an agreement between Craigslist, NCMEC, and attorneys general of more than 40 states. The move was spearheaded by Connecticut Attorney General Richard Blumenthal.

"The incidence of crime on Craigslist is actually exceedingly low, considering the tens of millions of legitimate ads posted each month by well-intentioned users," said Jim Buckmaster, CEO of Craigslist.

"But no amount of criminal activity is acceptable, and as Craigslist has grown, we have become aware of instances where our free services were being misused to facilitate illegal activities."

Craigslist says because of its growth, businesses have sprung up selling software and other services designed to get around its terms of use. The company said it has filed 14 lawsuits against such businesses and is sending "cease and desist" orders to a number of companies and individuals offering such services. Craigslist said it will investigate and pass along information to local authorities of those involved in criminal activity.

Craigslist said it has put a phone verification system in place for the "erotic services" section of its site, requiring a working phone number for postings and enabling blacklisting of phone numbers for those who post inappropriate ads.

The company also said it has plans to introduce credit card verification and a small fee per ad for posting in "erotic services," to promote compliance with site guidelines.  Craigslist said ads that violate terms would be removed without refund and all of the revenue from these ads will go to charity.

"Requiring credit card verification, and charging a fee to post in this category raises accountability to a point where we expect few illicit ads will remain," said Buckmaster. "For those that do persist, telephone and credit card information will be available to law enforcement via subpoena."

 

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  • Joe Anderson

    Get tough on Sex ad?   Why not get tough on these flaggers that have nothing to do but screw over honest users of the ‘free’ service

    I’d even consider a small (very small) fee to stop the stupid flagger vigilantes.  Then maybe I could use their service without harassment.

  • Guest

    The last time I replied to an ad on craigslist, the person was "out of the country", but would gladly send me keys to the apartment if I wired them the funds for the deposit and first months rent – ya right…

    It appears that the majority of content on "free" sites is provided by criminal sources — which makes the "free" part of this equation null and void.

    We will never get rid of fake ads — some sites in which you must pay to post ads still carry fake ads — the criminals simply use a stolen credit cards to post the ad.  However, on the whole, the content found on fee based sites is MUCH better than free sites such as craigslist and kijiji.  I do not even bother looking on "free" sites anymoe.

    • http://www.diamondonnet.com/ Diamonds

      I wonder if how many people per day get scamed through that method.  I mean there still must be otherwise scammers wouldnt bother trying them.

  • http://car2be.com/ Used Avanti

    We will never get rid of fake ads — some sites in which you must pay to post ads still carry fake ads — the criminals simply use a stolen credit cards to post the ad. However, on the whole, the content found on fee based sites is MUCH better than free sites such as craigslist and kijiji. I do not even bother looking on “free” sites anymoe.

  • http://www.cornerbrookclassifieds.ca Corner Brook Classifieds

    Why will this even matter? There’s many venues for this type of ad … it will be extremely difficult to police this.