Elizabeth Nolan Brown gives her (derisive) take on the prosecution of the Backpage CEO, filled with links to further details on the case.
Among the allegations:
Backpage removed an ad suspected of offering prostitution when it was reported and then blocked it from being re-posted.
Backpage uses automated filtering to try and prevent people from posting about illegal activity.
Nolan-Brown writes about prosecutors using Backpage's cooperation with law enforcement to prevent illegal activity as proof that Backpage is a criminal organization:
"Backpage acknowledges that pimps routinely pay Backpage for ads trafficking children for sex," Fichtner states. And how does he back up this outrageous claim? By stating that Backpage has cooperated with law-enforcement and the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children in sex trafficking investigations—which does not really sound like an "acknowledgment" of wrongdoing from Backpage at all. Still, Fichtner offers no further evidence to support either the claim that "pimps routinely pay Backpage for ads trafficking children for sex" or that Backpage acknowledges any such thing.