Craigslist is trying to head off a growing revolt across America by meeting with senior officials concerned about the site's relationship with the sex industry.
Jim Buckmaster, the chief executive of the classified website, met today with attorneys general from several US states including Connecticut, Illinois and Missouri. The talks come after officials from Chicago and more recently South Carolina attacked the website for taking money for "erotic services".
The meeting - which Craiglist described as " cordial and productive " - was intended to broker a new deal between the website and officials around the country over the way it operates. Currently Craigslist demands payment for each advert in its erotic services category, but also requests credit card details and telephone contact details - which have often proved helpful to law enforcement.
However, that level of scrutiny has not satisfied some officials: one police official in Chicago said that the site is the country's "single largest source of prostitution", while the South Carolina attorney general gave Craiglist 10 days to remove sex-related posts from its sites aimed at users in the state. The situation has been exacerbated by the case of Boston's so-called "Craigslist Killer" - who met with a string of sex workers through the website, assaulting one and murdering another.
Twenty-three year old medical student Philip Markoff has been charged with the crimes. In a statement on the Craigslist website, Buckmaster said that he hoped for a positive outcome:.
We share the AG's interest in minimizing misuse of craigslist. We're optimistic this goal can be reached while preserving all beneficial aspects of a site relied upon by tens of millions of Americans, and without compromising the quintessentially American values of free speech embodied in our Constitution. Technology blog Internet.
Craigslist on PR offensive over sex industry links. Bobbie JohnsonSan Francisco. In a statement on the Craigslist website, Buckmaster said that he hoped for a positive outcome: We share the AG's interest in minimizing misuse of craigslist.
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