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- Classified advertising website Backpage.com was seized by federal authorities on Friday afternoon “as part of an enforcement action” according to a notice on the website.
- The company is known for facilitating adult sex ads, and had been involved in a number of sex trafficking-related lawsuits, but the reason for the notice has not been shared at this point.
- The seizure comes weeks after Congress rolled out legislation to hold websites responsible for sex trafficking conducted on their sites; it’s the same legislation that forced Craiglist to preemptively shut down its personals section.
People navigating to the popular classified advertising website Backpage.com on Friday afternoon were stopped by a notice informing them that the site “and all affiliated websites” had been seized by federal authorities.
The site is known for facilitating adult sex ads, and has recently been involved in a number of lawsuits, including one in which a minor alleged that the company edited the contents of a sex ad that her trafficker posted, in order to make her sound like an adult. See the rest of the story at Business Insider
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