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Craigslist Replacing 'Erotic Services' With A Monitored 'Adult Services'

May 14, 2009

Facing increasing pressure from law enforcement officials to curb ads for prostitution on the Internet, craigslist will eliminate its "erotic services" section and replace it with a monitored "adult services" section...

Despite the legal saber-rattling, Matt Zimmerman, senior staff attorney for the Electronic Frontier Foundation in San Francisco, said craigslist had immunity from prosecution under the Communications Decency Act of 1996, which says site operators are not responsible for postings by third parties.

"They got strong-armed by the attorneys general, who had absolutely no legal basis to make threats," Zimmerman said.

Thursday, May 14, 2009
The Hartford Courant
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