— A backpage.com website has been shut down in the United States following the discovery of hundreds of images of women and girls being exploited on the website.
The website was taken down by an automated system following an investigation into the images, according to the Los Angeles Times.
The site was launched in October 2016, but the images were discovered and removed last week.
The company said the images infringed copyright laws, and that it was not a part of its business.
According to the Associated Press, the company says the images are not available to anyone but its users.
The photos are hosted on the company’s servers, and the company has a copyright notice that is attached to the images.
The company did not immediately respond to a request for comment from ABC News.
A woman who goes by the name of “Ms. Phoenix” posted a statement on the backpage Phoenix Jobs site Monday.
She said that she was a customer on the site when it was launched and she was not aware of the images before she took action.
She said that the company was contacted and said they were going to take down the site but that they would give the users a chance to fix the problem.
Phoenix Jobs did not respond to requests for comment.
In a statement, Backpage said that its investigation determined the images to be unauthorized copyright material, and were not used on Backpage or other sites.
It said that Backpage does not host the images and that they are not a product of the site.
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