Judy Phair, APR, Fellow PRSA,
president at Phair Advantage Communications, expressed her thoughts regarding Backpage.com’s handling of the criticism The Wall Street Journal’s
“Crisis of the Week” column. She noted:
“Backpage.com has done little to change its brand as a U.S. market leader in [adult classified ads], despite many opportunities. Responding to international criticism several years ago, Backpage.com’s initial decision to edit ads in the adult section, eliminating references to minors, seemed positive. [But] it followed up by telling customers how to post ‘clean’ ads for illegal transactions.
“Since then, Backpage.com has consistently positioned itself as a champion of internet and First Amendment freedoms and contended the ads would just migrate to other sites. This strategy has won little public sympathy and support. Backpage.com’s reaction to the Senate subcommittee’s recent edict to shut down the U.S. adult section has followed the same playbook. It provided requested documents only under federal order and called the edict ‘censorship using extra-legal tactics’ and an attack on free speech.
Read more of Phair’s comments via the full article
in The Wall Street Journal.
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