No sooner did I post my previous post about Craigslist big announcement did I see this post by Jim Buckmaster on craigslist’s official blog.
craigslist is taking huge steps to eliminating crime on its sites.
First off craigslist is suing 14 companies whose service and software are geared towards circumventing craigslist’s existing security measures such as needing a working phone number to place an erotic services ad.
Speaking of erotic services, those ads will now require not only credit card verification but also a small fee with 100% of that money donated to charity.
They have also entered into a new partnership with the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children to help put a stop to the exploitation of children.
You can read the entire press release at the link I posted above.
Is this the end of crime on craigslist? Is this the end of this section of the site? Um…no.
While I applaud the efforts that craigslist is going to they still refuse to eliminate the erotic services section altogether.
While the measures they are putting in place are admirable but still can be circumvented. How many of the new ads will be placed with stolen credit cards?
This is a huge step to eliminating crime on craigslist but unfortunately it is still not enough.