On his official craigslist blog, Jim Buckmaster, the CEO of craigslist, continues to post links to adult ads on backpage. His latest post attacks backpage for containing salacious words and images, and goes on to suggest some kind of conspiracy between politicians and newspapers, hypothesizing that politicians have a “need for positive stories and campaign endorsements from those very same newspapers.” He also theorizes of a conspiracy inside the newsrooms of America:
“Is it possible that writing stories critical of craigslist’s (relatively tame) “adult service” section is more career-friendly than attacking their own employer (or journalistic media brethren) for operating a (far more graphic) “adult service” section of their own?”
Note: The links below are not safe for work:
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WE HAVE 3 WE WANT THAT SEXY 4TH BE WILD!!
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For Women Only:Erotic Tantra Massage for Women(Will Travel
Straight Athlete looking for wet mouth - m4m - 32
Buckmaster is fully aware of the challenges of user generated content. He should move his blog post regarding backpage to craigslist’s rant and raves category--it's mean spirited and probably better off being an anonymous attack. They are the words of a snitch—someone who gets caught doing something, and before they are even charged with a crime, start pointing to all the other people that do the same thing. As a former CTO, he knows the complexity and shortcomings of filters and any other abuse mitigation technology. And, he also is well aware Backpage started charging for adult postings to filter out illegal postings four years earlier than craigslist. We certainly did not blog last year how unfair it was for Craig to have free adult postings and many of them clear TOU violations.
Either way, we hope Mr. Buckmaster realizes that when you are attacked, and your constitutional rights are threatened, you don't cave in and begin pointing fingers at your competitors. You fight.