Posted By Jeff on May 20, 2009
Good, and it’s about time. South Carolina’s Attorney General, Henry McMaster, is a demagogue who wants to be governor. He has directly threatened Craigslist with criminal investigation and prosecution unless the company gets rid of its “adult services” category in South Carolina.
From the Craigslist blog:
Interestingly, if you read Mr McMaster’s ultimatum carefully, you’ll note that the only way to definitively comply with it is to take down the craigslist sites for South Carolina in their entirety. The open architecture of craigslist, quintessential to the value it provides for users, simply does not allow for the absolute prevention of solicitation or pornography, with respect to any of its categories and functions.
Usage of craigslist in South Carolina has exploded over the last two years, with some cities experiencing 2000% growth. South Carolinians clearly value craigslist services, and appreciate finding jobs, housing, automobiles, for sale items, friends, romance, community information, local services, event listings, and just about everything else they need in their everyday lives, all in one place, and all for free.
I really hope McMaster doesn’t back down, because I know how the Supreme Court would vote on this and it would make a really excellent precedent.