Backpage.com Seized by the US Government, Says Website
Backpage.com Seized by the US Government, Says Website
Classified ads site Backpage.com apparently seized by FBI
07 April, 2018, 00:33
On Friday, some visitors to the site were greeted with a message that said, "backpage.com and affiliated websites have been seized as part of an enforcement action" by the FBI, the Postal Inspection Service and the IRS Criminal Investigation Division.
Other agencies were also involved in the enforcement action, with more information forthcoming, the Federal Bureau of Investigation said. Interestingly, the takedown notice only appeared on backpage.ca, its Canadian site.
Lawmakers and enforcement officials have been working to crack down on the site, the second largest classified ad service in the country after Craigslist that is used primarily to sell sex. Others worry about their income and safety; if they can't find work on the internet, that means looking for work on the streets.
Earlier this year, government pressure forced Backpage to shut down adult ads.
The Supreme Court in January 2017 refused to consider reviving a lawsuit against backpage.com filed by three young women alleging the site facilitated their forced prostitution.
The Senate investigation led to a bill which passed both houses of Congress last month, titled "FOSTA", an acronym for the Fight Online Sex Trafficking Act. It released a statement stating it will censor adult content as a "direct result of unconstitutional government censorship", NRP reports.
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