The Daily Caller News Foundation is pleased to announce that Backpage.
Com, the sex-related classified advertising site that has been under scrutiny by conservative media outlets and the federal government, is changing its terms of service to remove all “sex related content.”
Backpage will no longer allow its affiliates or third parties to offer advertisements or content that encourages, facilitates, or otherwise promotes the commission of a sex offense, a felony, or a serious crime.
Backpage’s new terms include an explicit prohibition on selling or otherwise promoting sexual activity on Backpage, and include specific language that says, “We will remove content, including images, if we determine that such content is a violation of any applicable law or regulation.”
The site also removes links to content that promotes “bribery or embezzlement” and “robbery.”
The site also makes clear that “backpage is not a sex offender referral service” and that “there are no legal repercussions for violating Backpage’s Terms Of Service.”
Backpage also removed links to a sex abuse prevention website, but not directly to the website.
The site still allows for affiliate links to Backpage if they appear under an item’s title.
Backdoor, a sex-based classified advertising website, was also shut down by Backpage in November.
The New York Times reported that the company is now working on a settlement with the government.