Backpage, a website that lets users browse classified ads for sex acts and prostitution, has removed ads on its popular classifieds service from its classifieds platform, the site reported.
The removal came after the website noticed ads that had been removed from the classifieds marketplace for the sexual services were showing up again on BackPage.com.
It was not immediately clear why the ads had been re-posted.
A Backpage spokesperson did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
But the company has long been the subject of criticism for its advertising practices.
In a statement, Backpage said it was not a third party and the ads on the platform had been deleted by a third-party platform.
It said it had no control over third parties.
“This is not a decision that is our alone, nor is it one that has been made by any of our vendors.
Rather, it is a decision made by our platform partners, which rely on third party technology platforms for the purpose of ensuring that our ads are delivered on their platforms in a manner that is compatible with our platform and their ad format.
These third party providers must follow our ad standards,” the company said.
It added that it would not be commenting further.
Backpage is owned by Condé Nast and has said it will no longer use its services for advertising.
Earlier this month, the US Senate passed a resolution calling for Backpage to be shut down and that US President Donald Trump ordered the Justice Department to investigate.
A group of more than 40 Republican senators signed the letter to Attorney General Jeff Sessions.
Backpage was not involved in the letter, but its ads were being removed.
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