Craigslist being blocked for Security Issues!
Apparently for some time now COX Internet has been blocking Craigslist from it's users. If you have COX internet service you either can't get on to Craigslist or it's a hit or miss situation. It seems that COX has been using some new security software by a company called Authentium which considers Craigslist to be a security risk. The position from COX is not that they are blocking Craigslist on purpose, just that Craigslist has major issues with fraud and spam and COX is doing it's best to prevent that type of problem from reaching it's users. In this day and age with cyber crime being as great as it is, this should be considered a good thing.
The people at Craigslist are not happy about this since they are experiencing similar problems with other companies such as SBC, Yahoo , BT Internet and Telcos. It seems that all these companies are beefing up their security suites to better serve their customers, and Craigslist is high on he list of trouble maker sites.
The people at Craigslist take the attitude that these companies are targeting Craigslist unfairly and that they are going against net neutrality. They claim they have contacted these companies to have them stop blocking Craigslist but the companies in question have been unresponsive. Well, maybe now the people at Craigslist will see what it feels like to be blocked and ghosted. It's easy to blame others for what goes wrong but it's harder to look at ones self and make appropriate corrections. The problems that I see within Craigslist exist within many companies, especially internet companies. They loose touch with the real people and they exist in a cocoon. They only see their goals, their problems and their points of view. They don't see anything wrong when they block or ban users, but when more powerful entities do it to them then it's wrong. All Craigslist really does is attempt to brainwash everyone into believing that they are a nonprofit company out to help the little guy post his/her ads on the internet for free. That's a total load of BS. Did you know that Craigslist makes over $20 million a year in revenue? Yes, that's right, I'll explain that in another article.
There's an old saying that says "What goes around comes around." Well Craigslist, it's coming around! Instead of making your pages more secure, and protecting your readers, you haven't. You allow criminals and scammers to wander freely among your pages taking advantage of the unsuspecting innocent readers. On the other hand you have plenty of time to pick off the few legitimate people who are actually trying to use your site to advertise their services. Instead of behaving like a major organization and attempting to run a proper classifieds section with proper oversight and checks and balances, NO! You have chosen to pocket the profits and just let the community take down whomever they find to be offensive. This leading to large amounts of people using this feature for their own personal advantage. In fact if you read the forums at Craigslist you will find countless posts where Craigslist clearly indicates that "it is NOT meant as a means of advertising". They want to ride the middle ground between saying that they are a "free classifieds page", to they are "not really meant for advertising purposes". You can't have it both ways just picking which way is most convenient for you at the given time Craigslist!
Craigslist has gained popularity in the past few years, but unless they make some major changes, they will soon become a distant memory as mainstream internet companies find out how ineffective Craigslist really is at preventing scams, fraud, and crimes against their users. A day is coming soon where most of the posters on Craigslist will only be scammers because legitimate businesses will not want their good names associated with Craigslist. Craigslist is fast becoming Crimeslist! Just as Craigslist can block, they too can be blocked!