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Craigslist Turns to Police, Community to Fight 'Spamvertising'

Craigslist is serious about cracking down on advertisers that are breaking the site's rules: It has added new tools to allow community members to flag offending posts, and it has enlisted the aid of the police and ISP-tracking services.

Craigslist has been inundated with "professional marketers" trying to circumvent the classified ad site's rules and market products and services to the community, ClickZ reports. The problem has become so rampant that coders are creating software that automatically creates listings, and others are writing books aimed at helping marketers sell on Craigslist.

Craigslist uses its loyal community of users as the first line of defense against spammers. Community members have the ability to "flag" an offending post, and if enough complaints are registered the post is automatically removed.

The complaints can then be investigated, and the site will decide whether it wants to turn the matter over to the authorities or ask for help from internet service providers about blocking the offender at the ISP level.

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