Craigslist Removes Adult Services Section

UNDATED (AP) - It appears Craigslist may have surrendered in the legal fight over erotic ads posted on its website.

The online ad site has shut down its adult services section and replaced it with a black bar that simply says "censored."

The move comes just over a week after a group of state attorneys general wrote in a letter that Craigslist should remove the section because it couldn't adequately block potentially illegal ads promoting prostitution and child trafficking.

It's not clear if the closure is permanent, and it appears to only effect Craigslist ads in the United States.

Craigslist's adult services section carried ads for everything from personal massages to a night's companionship, which critics say veered into prostitution. But the company has maintained the site was carrying ads tamer than those published by some newspapers.

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