Not So Stoopid After All: Firedoglake Reports that Google Pulls Utoopi App

Attention MSM: This is what journalism looks like.

Redstate’s Breeanne Howe went after Google yesterday and blasted the company for distributing the Utoopi app.  Today, Google got triangulated when Firedoglake’s Jane Hamsher covered the Utoopi story.  Hamsher brought the story to the attention of Representative Carolyn Maloney who earlier this year co-signed with Representative Marsha Blackburn a letter to Larry Page asking for an explanation of Google’s profit from human trafficking.  Rep. Maloney sent another letter to Page today:

September 18, 2012

Mr. Larry Page
Chief Executive Officer
Google, Inc.
1600 Amphitheatre Parkway
Mountain View, CA 94043

Dear Mr. Page,

I have long admired Goggle and I am even more impressed by the statement on your investor relations page, that your motto is “also about doing the right thing…following the law, acting honorably and treating each other with respect.”

Your response to a recent letter to you from Congresswoman Marsha Blackburn and myself about sex trafficking ads on Google certainly sounded like it was in keeping with that motto. Your spokesperson said that Google bans ads for sex trafficking, child pornography and prostitution and further that “it’s a constant battle against these bad actors so we are always looking at ways to improve our systems and practices — including by working with leading anti-trafficking organizations.”

It is with that in mind that I wish to draw your attention to a matter of profound concern to me as the Congressional Representative of New York’s 14th district. It involves Google and an application designed to be used in furtherance of illegal escort services. The app, marketed under the name Utoopi, is used for the purposes of advertising, soliciting and recruiting sex workers and is designed to operate on phones and pads that use your Android operating system.

The app promotes sex trafficking in four cities, one of them my own. The web site for Utoopi services in New York City features a picture of a street corner that is in my district.It is appalling beyond belief that someone would try to market an ‘app’ like Utoopi, which is about illegal escort services plain and simple. I urge you to ban the promotion of sex services and immediately remove Utoopi from the Android ‘app’ marketplace hosted by Google.

I look forward to hearing about your prompt action in this matter.

Carolyn Maloney
Member of Congress

This afternoon–Firedoglake reports that Google pulled the app from Android Market.

Thanks to Redstate and Firedoglake for doggedly pursuing the issue and bringing home to Google just how out of touch they are.  More on this later, there are many questions yet to be answered.