The below post was found on Reddit. It is a follow up to the first article this man (Steve) wrote on Reddit addresses many of the concerns around the closing of Backpage in April of 2018.
Steve actually worked as a website developer for Backpage for several years right up to the time their CEO and executive partners were arrested.
I have been in touch with Steve by email and he has wholeheartedly supported my reuse of his posts on this blog.
What they have done to Backpage is a small ripple in what is becoming a huge wave of censorship. Be aware and stay united.