This story was written by Rafat Ali.
Craigslist is working on long overdue step that will help curb some of the ads posted by prostitutes and other adult workers, caving into demands by attorneys general from 40 states to regulate its message board from illegal activity. The AGs of 40 states and Craigslist announced a joint settlement to this effect this afternoon.
It has already started some measures: for instance, in its "erotic services" section, it is now requiring a working phone number for advertisers, and enables blacklisting of phone numbers for those who post inappropriate ads. Phone verification resulted in an 80 percent reduction in ad volume, and significantly increased compliance with site guidelines, it said.
More details in the joint AGs and Craigslist statement here.
By Rafat Ali