Backpage.com has officially shut down its adult service page section as of Tue, with a link from the pages leading to a message regarding US censorship – hours before US Senate hearing on the site.
When browsing attempting to browse to any of the adult services section, one is greeted with this message:
The government has unconstitutionally censored this content. What happened? Find out
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The site has been attacked by the Senate morality police before, leading to a brief shutdown in 2010. Links to various statements from Backpage officials could be found under the sites media section.