The government of the United States has seized Backpage.com, the controversial classified ads website, according to a notice on the site.
According to the notice, the FBI and other federal and local agencies seized the website and its affiliates as part of a compliance action. The notice provides little additional information, saying that the Department of Justice will provide more to the 6 ESTs today.
Backpage was accused of facilitating sex trafficking and prostitution through its adult section, a controversy that took years to relax and culminated with the arrest of the company's CEO and the eventual elimination of the adult section.
"The FBI can confirm that police activity is happening," a spokesman for the FBI field office in Phoenix told The Verge. The office sent more questions to the Department of Justice, which did not respond immediately to a request for comments.