Singel-Minded: Craigslist Took One for the Open Internet
It is precisely these protections — known as Section 230 — that led to the dramatic growth of social networking and made the United States the engine of internet innovation and free expression it is today.
Despite having the law on its side Craigslist took down its Adult Services section at the end of August, replacing it with the word Censored. It did so without fanfare — and still no explanation. But the small change marked a big capitulation to a gaggle of state attorneys general and anti–child-trafficking groups who have been hounding the free classifieds listing service for years, casting Craigslist as an online pimp.