Reihan Salam has a very good post up defending Craigslist which he notes is, “a quality-of-life boon for cities across the country.” He links to this piece by danah boyd, explaining how censoring Craigslist’s adult service section may in fact make it harder for law enforcement to track down sex traffickers and other criminals. I think it’s a strong argument, and it’s a shame Craigslist caved, though not surprising. As Reihan points out:
Keep in mind that Craigslist, as McCullagh explains, is a company that employs 30 people and that has scrupulously avoided attempts to scale up dramatically in size. Though not quite a mom-and-pop, Craigslist is a business that has created far more consumer surplus than media organizations many times its size. Simply put, Craigslist doesn’t have the resources to defend itself against baseless attacks. It needs all of us who’ve benefited from its apartment listings, like yours truly, to stick up for it against political bullying.