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The rise and fall of Backpage

The rise and fall of Backpage

The rise and fall of Backpage is the subject of a 6,000-word article in Reason. How did the site go from law enforcement friend to ultimate foe, with its co-founders confined to house arrest?



Judge sets hearing in Backpage suit

The federal judge hearing the case against a Chicago-area sheriff who persuaded two major credit card companies not to do business with Backpage.com said he wants to know whether the companies felt “threatened”
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Backpage sues sheriff over payment cutoff

Updated with additional detail, links Backpage.com has sued the sheriff of Cook County, Ill., for persuading Visa and MasterCard to quit handling payments for the site. The Dallas-based company, owned by (still unidentified) Dutch investors, filed suit Tuesday in federal district court in Chicago, where Dart lost a 2009 lawsuit against Craigslist Inc. seeking to shut down its adult serv

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Two charged in slaying linked to Backpage ad

Two charged in slaying linked to Backpage ad

Two men in the Boston area were charged this week with murder in the killing of a female escort they met through Backpage.com, in a case reminiscent of the “Craigslist killing” by Philip Markoff in 2009. Epshod Jeune, 24, and Derrell Fisher, 21, were charged with killing Sanisha Johnson of New York. They allegedly attacked escorts, including Johnson, after connecting with them through Backpage. Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey said Backpage should get out of the sex-ads business. “Backpage.com and the Internet have become increasingly popular vehicles for


Backpage wins another round, in N.J.

Backpage wins another round, in N.J.

For the third time, a federal judge has blocked a state law targeting Backpage.com, ruling that the federal Communications Decency Act protects the website from laws controlling its content. Federal district judge Dennis Cavanaugh in Newark, N.J., Friday blocked the state of New Jersey from enforcing the law, which would have penalized publishers of ads that included photos promoting sex with a

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