After two years of intense scrutiny from the U.S. Senate and elsewhere, online ad-posting site Backpage.com announced Monday night that it is shuttering its adult services section, which was repeatedly accused by critics of facilitating child prostitution and human trafficking. Backpage said its decision, which came hours before a Senate panel was set to convene a hearing on the site, was made in the face of pressure that amounted to a violation of the site’s First Amendment rights. “As the direct result of unconstitutional government censorship, Backpage.com has removed its Adult content section from the highly popular classified website, effective immediately,” Backpage said in a statement.

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