A free room ad program was shut down in California because of complaints from users that it would help criminals evade law enforcement.
According to a California Department of Justice spokeswoman, “Ad free forum ads have been shut down as of June 21, 2018.
The department’s Office of Communications has contacted members of the public who may have been affected.””
We have no evidence of criminal activity associated with these ad banners,” the department said in a statement.
“However, our investigation is ongoing and we are taking every step possible to make sure this doesn’t happen again.”
“It’s a little frustrating because we have been trying to do everything we can to help law enforcement and other members of society with their investigations, but it’s been frustrating,” said one of the users.
The ad free forum was set up in May and allowed users to post videos and pictures of people in jail or on probation without having to pay to view it.
It was originally known as the California Free Internet Forum, but a spokesperson for the Department of Corrections told CBC News that the name is being changed for the time being to protect the privacy of the offenders who are posting on the program.
Cali resident, Eric Chiu, says he is one of them.
He was the first to post a video of himself being arrested on the free room and was the one who received the message informing him of the program’s shutdown.
“It was really sad,” Chiu said.
“I don’t think anybody can understand how I feel right now.”
Chiu said he will not be returning to the forum.
He said he thinks that the program will be shut down soon.
He is concerned that there may be other criminals on the website, he said.
He added that it’s a very sad thing to have to deal with, but I don’t feel comfortable leaving my home at night because I know people will look into it.
“The Cali resident said that he has already paid $40 for the video.
He told CBC he hopes to post the video on social media soon.