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Backpage.com was an online classified ads website that was launched in 2004 as a competitor to Craigslist by the alternative newspaper chain New Times Media/New Times Media. Backpage.com competed with Craigslist by providing users with the ability to post adverts for free.
Backpage is an online classifieds website that operates similarly to Craigslist in that it enables users to post adverts in a variety of categories, such as automotive, personal, employment, rentals, and adult services. It didn't take long for it to surpass Craigslist as the second most popular online classifieds site in the United States.
The "adult services" part of Craigslist had to be taken down in 2010 as a consequence of pressure from several state attorneys general and other opponents. These individuals claimed that the website encouraged criminal behavior among its members, such as prostitution, and that it allowed such behavior. After the majority of the adult advertising market that had been hosted on Craigslist shifted to other websites, Backpage emerged as the big winner and took the lead position in the industry.
Backpage had resisted efforts to regulate the site until January 2017, when it eventually pulled down its adult section ahead of congressional hearings. This forced former critics of Craigslist to focus their attention to Backpage, which had resisted efforts to regulate the site up until that point.
The one who brought this suit was Backpage.com.
Plaintiff Backpage.com's online classified advertising operation may be found at its home base, the website referred to as www.backpage.com. Backpage.com is responsible for running the business. Backpage.com is the world's second largest online advertising business since it acts as a host for millions of adverts coming from all over the world each month. Additionally, the website of Backpage.com is the second most viewed website in the whole wide world. The advertisements for classifieds are arranged in a variety of categories, such as state and city, local region, work and community, trade, purchase-Sales, rent, real estate, musicians, job, dating, adults, and services. Users of the website Backpage.com are the ones that create and publish the many advertising that can be found on the site. In order to submit an ad in the adult sector, they are required to pay a fee of between $5 and $10, however in the dating section, the only fee that is necessary is $1. In addition, users have the ability to post adverts completely free of charge. Customers of Backpage.com have the option of using a credit card to pay for the cost of an ad, in addition to the several other payment options that are available to them.
The Terms of Site for Backpage.com, as well as the nature of the service itself, prohibit users from posting or engaging in activities that are illegal while using the Backpage.com platform. This includes both the distribution of content that breaks the law and the commission of illegal acts. A former. B. Only adults over the age of 18 are permitted to post in adult sections that are designated for that purpose, and only adult content and explicit material may be published there. These sections cannot be accessed by minors. "obscene or obscene and genital or photos that reflect obscene imagery, actual or simulated sexual activity or nudity" are not allowed to be displayed on the ID. Id. et al. AC ("Posting Rules"). Users are cautioned that any post that in any way exploits a minor in any form may be subject to criminal prosecution and will be reported to CyberTipline for the purposes of law enforcement.
If a user on ID comes across an advertisement that does not comply with these guidelines, that user has the ability to report the advertisement to Backpage.com by clicking the link labeled "Report ad" that is located within the advertisement that they keep. This link is located within the advertisement that they keep. When the user does so, they are brought to a page where they can report an ad and choose whether or not the ad includes "inappropriate or unlawful content," "uploaded too much spam," or is in the "wrong category." When users encounter an advertisement that "appears to contain images of threats to a kid or child exploitation," they are prompted to send an email to the address firstname.lastname@example.org.