The online classified advertising site Backpage.com abruptly shut its “adult” section on Monday, yielding to a campaign by some state and federal government officials to close a service they contend promotes prostitution and human trafficking. The unexpected move came on the eve of a hearing convened by a U.S. Senate subcommittee at which Backpage executives had been ordered to testify. In a letter to the subcommittee that rejects the legitimacy of the hearing, Backpage attorneys said the executives would appear but would not testify.
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