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Anonymous-Scientology Feud Continues on Craigslist

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In the latest bout between the Anonymous group and the Church of Scientology, the hacker/activist group accuses the church to use Craigslist as a means to recruit new members.

Business Insider reports a member of Anonymous sent them an email stating that the Church of Scientology has been posting ads on Craigslist, describing it as abuse all “to recruit new members.”

“Anonymous has attempted to use Craigslist’s flagging system to take down their ads, as they are constantly violating terms of use with ridiculous amounts of postings in a number of cities across the United States and Canada,” the email reads.

“The ads are posted repeatedly posted over 100 times on Craigslist,” continues the email.

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The Anonymous group was taken upon itself to post its own “counter ads” to warn people about the Church of Scientology’s ads.

The counter ads have been humorous, and noticeable as possible to catch people’s attention.

One ad posted in the San Francisco Craigslist under “Classes,” is titled “How to Rid your Body of Invisible Dead Alien Spirits Course.”

But the Anonymous counter ads have been flagged down while the Scientology ones have not, argues the tipster:

“When we began posting more counter ads, our ads were flagged down within a minute or two of being posted. Even before being live in the main list. There are only two ways this could have happened: a) by flagging software, which is also illegal according to Craigslist and can supposedly result in permanent banning or b) by Craigslist themselves ignoring [Church of Scientology’s] posts and taking down ours, acting against their own policies and supporting the Church’s position despite blatant misuse of the site.”

Craigslist has yet to answer emails complaining about the violations, according to the Anonymous tipster.

“We are outraged that this continues to happen under the supervision of Craigslist and they have seemingly chosen to do nothing.”

Source: Business Insider