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Backpage.com was an online classified advertisements website that was established in 2004 as a competitor to Craigslist by the alternative newspaper chain New Times Media/New Times Media. Backpage.com was a competitor to Craigslist because it was established as an online classified advertisements website (which would eventually become known as Village Voice Media or VVM).
Backpage is an online classifieds website that is comparable to Craigslist in that it enables users to post adverts in a variety of categories, some of which are automotive, personal, jobs, rentals, and adult services. Backpage also has similar features. It didn't take long for it to pass over Craigslist and become the second most popular online classifieds site in the United States.
The "adult services" part of Craigslist was forced to be taken down in 2010 as a consequence of pressure from various state attorneys general and other critics of the website. These people asserted 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 industry that had been hosted on Craigslist shifted to other websites, Backpage emerged as the big winner and has continued to dominate the market ever since.
Backpage had resisted efforts to regulate the site until January 2017, when it eventually shut 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 until that time.
Backpage.com, which is representing itself as the plaintiff
Plaintiff Backpage.com is a company that operates an online classified advertising business. The company's website, which can be found at www.backpage.com, serves as the company's primary online location. Backpage.com is the world's second largest online advertising business since it acts as a host for millions of adverts that are posted by advertisers from all over the world each month. The website for Backpage.com is currently the website with the second most visitors in the entire world. The advertisements for the 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. Backpage.com users are the ones that create and are responsible for publishing the adverts that can be found on the website. In order to submit an ad in the adult sector, they are forced to pay a fee that ranges from $5 to $10, but in the dating section, they are just required to pay $1. Users are additionally provided with the opportunity to publish adverts at no additional cost. Customers of Backpage.com have the option of using their credit cards to pay for the cost of an advertisement, in addition to the several other payment options that are available to them. See generally Dkt.
Because of the Terms of Service on Backpage.com as well as the nature of the service itself, users are prohibited from posting or engaging in any activity that is illegal while using the Backpage.com website. This includes both the distribution of content that breaks the law as well as the commission of illegal acts. A former. B. Adults who are over the age of 18 are the only people who are allowed to post in adult sections that are specifically designed for that purpose, and only adult content and explicit material may be published there. "obscene or obscene and genital or images that reflect obscene imagery, actual or simulated sexual activity or nudity" are not allowed to be displayed on the ID card. Also prohibited are photographs that represent nudity. Id. et al. AC ("Posting Rules"). Users are cautioned that any post that in any way, shape, or form exploits a child in any way, shape, or form may be subject to criminal prosecution and may 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 the user keeps. When the user does so, they are brought to a page where they can report an advertisement and choose whether or not the advertisement 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. This instruction can be found on the webpage in the section referred to as ID F.