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"If you impose liability on Craigslist, You Tube and Facebook for anything their users do, then they're not going to take chances.
It would likely result in the takedown of what might otherwise be perfectly legitimate free expression." Craigslist announced on September 15, 2011, that it had closed its adult services in the United States, however, it defended its right to carry such ads.
Craigslist (stylized as craigslist) is an American classified advertisements website with sections devoted to jobs, housing, personals, for sale, items wanted, services, community, gigs, résumés, and discussion forums. In March 2008, Spanish, French, Italian, German, and Portuguese became the first non-English languages Craigslist supported.
Craig Newmark began the service in 1995 as an email distribution list to friends, featuring local events in the San Francisco Bay Area. Some Craigslist sites cover large regions instead of individual metropolitan areas—for example, the U. states of Delaware and Wyoming, the Colorado Western Slope, the California Gold Country, and the Upper Peninsula of Michigan are among the locations with their own Craigslist sites.
As of 2012, mashup sites such as and were overlaying Craigslist data with Google Maps and adding their own search filters to improve usability.
In June 2012, Craigslist changed its terms of service to disallow the practice. The site is considered particularly useful by lesbians and gay men seeking to make connections, because of the service's free and open nature and because of the difficulty of otherwise finding each other in more conservative areas.
As a response to charges of discrimination and negative stereotyping, Buckmaster explained that the company's policy is a response to user feedback requesting the warning on the more sexually explicit sections, including "men seeking men".
Today, all of the above listed boards (as well as some others) have a disclaimer. states that the erotic services ads were being used for prostitution.
People trying to get technical positions filled found that the list was a good way to reach people with the skills they were looking for. User demand for more categories caused the list of categories to grow.
The initial technology encountered some limits, so by Majordomo had been installed and the mailing list "Craigslist" resumed operations.
Craigslist's main source of revenue is paid job ads in select American cities.