This past week, entities in both the public and private sphere have taken steps that may make the Internet a safer place.
In the private sector, Craigslist has recently removed its “adult services” section from the site, putting up a “censored” label in its place; some view this as a positive step in the fight against online prostitution, but others question the true motivations behind the move.
As reports, use of the word “censored” “suggests that the increasingly combative company is trying to draw attention to its fight with state attorneys general over sex ads and to issues of free speech on the Internet.” What do you think about these actions?
Will they help prevent crimes related to online dating and other offline meet-ups between strangers?
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The Internet has become the second most common way to find a partner, the first being introduced through a friend.
An increasing number of single Americans meet their significant other online: 20 million people visit a dating site at least once a month, and it’s estimated that online dating is responsible for 120,000 marriages a year. For example, 20 million people use e and 15 million have a profile on However, many people don’t trust the strangers they meet online.A recent study by Pew Research Center in Washington found that 30 percent of online daters search for information about their possible dates before meeting them.This figure rises to 41 percent among 18- to 29-year olds.The number of people scoping out potential love interests on social and search engines has more than doubled since 2008.