[This post has been rewritten and updated]
So, what is going on with YesBackPage? Honestly, I don’t really know.
On Wednesday, Sept. 25 I was contacted by a person who calls themselves “Risa Jenner”. She informed me that YesBackPage and an affiliated site (Backpagecredits.com) had been partially or completely seized by law enforcement, and that anyone who had accounts with these sites should use caution.
As a prudent measure I posted to that effect, including screenshots of the message and posts from Twitter. In the hour and days that followed a debate has raged on Twitter and elsewhere as to the truth of these statements.
Honestly, I do not know what has actually transpired. I will not comment on the validity of any claims being made by anyone at this time.
I do, however, wish to share what I know about the entire situation with YesBackPage and my own interactions with those involved with it. “Risa Jenner” has contacted me on several occasions as a representative of that website. At times YesBackPage representatives have stated an intention to become a sponsor for The ValleyScott Blog, but nothing has ever come from it. At one time I published an open letter from a “Samir” who is also an owner/operator of YesBackPage.
But there has been some serious debate about the sight. A bit of a feud exists between YesBackPage and a Miss Phoenixx, who is a friend of the Blog. I have tried to stay out of this feud. “Risa” has reported left YesBackPage and was associated with a rival website (the status of which I have no information).
What does all of this mean? Nothing good.
The reality is that the feuds, accusations, potential hacking, etc. have all been a negative story for our community. Whatever issues exist between the various parties need to be resolved privately. Or perhaps people just need to go their separate ways and leave it all alone.
At this time, YesBackPage and these troubles are nothing but a distraction for our community. This is a potentially dangerous time for the entire Sex Work community and we need solidarity, not in-fighting.
Is YesBackPage safe to use at this time? I honestly cannot assess that. I would say that right now it is best not to put your total trust and faith in any one platform. I do not know what is going to happen, but I hope that things can quiet down and we can all get back to enjoying the things we do & love.
[The following are various screenshots from Twitter regarding the recent events.]
[Original Text of this post:
Please use caution concerning using YesBackPage or other sites that may be associated with backpagecredits.com
I do not have much information at this time, but better to be safe than sorry. The screenshots here are from Facebook & Twitter.]