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Backpage.com Succumbing to Government Is Blow to Free Speech Online


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Backpage.com Succumbing to Government Is Blow to Free Speech Online

Center for Democracy & Technology

WASHINGTON - Following years of government pressure, Backpage.com today announced that it would shut down the adult section of its website. This development is a direct blow to the freedom of speech we enjoy online. Backpage, like other classified ad platforms before it, has faced a long-running campaign from government officials at every level seeking to force the website to restrict lawful speech as a way to pursue criminal activity by some of the site's users.

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