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Man Suing Craigslist, Wikipedia for 1 Billion

A South Carolina man is suing Wikipedia and Craigslist for a combined $1 billion USD because both sites allegedly contain child porn and prostitution.

Filed independently by Russell Dan Smith, the lawsuit suggests that both Wikipedia and Craigslist should be banned in the state of South Carolina. The sites should also pay out $500 million each, half of which will supposedly go directly to the state and the other half in Smith's pocket.

According to the lawsuit, Craigslist and Wikipedia "have been and still do" openly promote child prostitution and the distribution of child pornography. "Both defendants also promote adult prostitution and nudity designed to excite prurient interests in the people viewing it," the lawsuit reads.

Smith claims that he unintentionally came across the alleged material simply by surfing the websites for "valid non-pornographic purposes." Naturally, out of the (seemingly) thousands and thousands of porn-related websites available for public viewing that don't use age gates or age verifications of any kind, Smith happened to stumble upon child and adult porn on two big money-makers: Wikipedia and Craigslist. Convenient.

Still, Smith claims that he's not into looking for nudity, and believes that both sites "are liable of attempting to lure other persons to share in this crime" of displaying child and adult nudity. He even goes so far as to calling Craigslist a criminal organization.

"There is a probability shown by the preponderance of the evidence that defendant Craigslist was a criminal organization suing the Attorney General of the State of South Carolina for no other reason than that the State had been investigating the organization and intended therefore to paralyze by fear of further action," the lawsuit claims.

As Techdirt points out, Craigslist wasn't suing the Attorney General personally, but rather wanted to end his "grandstanding" by acquiring a declaratory judgment stating that the website had done nothing wrong in regards to the actions of its users.

To read the full lawsuit, head here.