San Francisco’s Craigslist.com is being sued in Chicago for posting racist housing ads, it’s been the focus of law enforcement or media exposes for helping prostitutes find customers in Boston, Seattle and Long Island, N.Y. And today the Orange County Register reports that people are buying illegal fireworks through Craigslist. The paper reports that police arrested a 27-year-old Newport Beach man who posted a Craigslist ad for illegal fireworks. Unlike newspapers, who have ad takers who screen out inappropriate ads, Craigslist lets users post their ads automatically, and then volunteers are supposed to review the ads after their posted for their legality. Apparently, Craigslist’s system doesn’t always work.

SF Press Club News

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  1. Part of the problem is that it’s difficult, if not impossible, to create an atmosphere of trust when people are anonymous. Of course, there’s a trade-off, because the anonymity is also what offers some safety and privacy. Catch-22.

    I’m doing a survey about “transactional trust”, i.e., trust that is built and determined for the purposes of a single transaction, for instance, buying/selling something on craigslist. Survey respondents receive a couple of nice thank-you gifts and can optionally receive a full copy of the survey results.

    See here for more info about the survey

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