Craigslist is preparing to sue the attorney general of South Carolina for making threats of criminal charges to the website in regards to the recently removed erotic section. The lawsuit, which has been filed at a federal level, states that Craigslist wished to seek “declaratory relief and a restraining order” against the office of the South Carolina attorney general.
The attorney general has been very vocal about frustration over Craigslist and their refusal to remove erotically charged material from the classified site. Even after the removal of the erotic services section, the South Carolina attorney general felt that this was not adequate in ridding the site of “advertisements for prostitution and graphic pornographic material.” Craigslist responded in a blog post by stating that the threat of criminal charges goes against the free speech right.
Craigslist removed the erotic services section after feeling pressure from several law agencies. A newly launched adult services section is monitored and users must pay a fee to advertise there. Craigslist CEO Jim Buckmaster has stated that the only potential way to abide by the requests made by the South Carolina attorney general is to take down the site entirely.
Read: [CNET News]