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Craigslist under fire over erotic ads

Murder and assaults in Boston prompt changes in the online advertising company.

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Craigslist is expected to soon make it more difficult to advertise erotic services like prostitution and pornography on its website.

The online classified ads community, which has dominated tabloid headlines since the arrest of the so-called "Craigslist killer" in Boston Monday, now is working on initiatives designed to make it more difficult to post erotic photos. And it may institute penalties for individuals who violate the website's stated policies and ethical standards.

The move comes in response to a letter from Connecticut Attorney General Richard Blumenthal (D), who this week urged Craigslist to immediately ban photos from its "erotic services" section, hire staff to screen postings of images that blatantly violate the terms of use, and implement significant credit card penalties for such violations.

"These signature steps can stop ads that lead to horrific brutal tragedy such as the Boston murder, as well as other violent crime, human trafficking, or exploitation of children," Mr. Blumenthal said in a statement. "Craigslist has the means – and moral obligation – to stop the pimping and prostituting in plain sight."


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