The move came shortly before e Bay's planned spin-off of Pay Pal, and an effort to divest other units to focus on its core business.As a consequence, the young company was forced to rename to James Edition.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.Free speech and some sex crime victim advocates criticized the removal of the section, saying that it threatened free speech and that it diminished law enforcement's ability to track criminals.However, the removal was applauded by many state attorneys general and some other groups fighting sex crimes.Craigslist said that there is some indication that those who posted ads in the adult services section are posting elsewhere.
There was no moderation and Newmark was surprised when people started using the mailing list for non-event postings." In 2002, a disclaimer was put on the "men seeking men", "casual encounters", "erotic services", and "rants and raves" boards to ensure that those who clicked on these sections were over the age of 18, but no disclaimer was put on the "men seeking women", "women seeking men" or "women seeking women" boards.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".Matt Zimmerman, senior staff attorney for the Electronic Frontier Foundation, said, "Craigslist isn't legally culpable for these posts, but the public pressure has increased and Craigslist is a small company." Brian Carver, attorney and assistant professor at UC Berkeley, said that legal threats could have a chilling effect on online expression."If you impose liability on Craigslist, You Tube and Facebook for anything their users do, then they're not going to take chances.Craigslist (stylized as craigslist) is an American classified advertisements website with sections devoted to jobs, housing, 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.The company has been pressured by San Francisco Department of Public Health officials, prompting Jim Buckmaster to state that the site has a very small staff and that the public "must police themselves".On March 22, 2018, Craigslist discontinued its "Personals" section in the United States in response to the passing of the Stop Enabling Sex Traffickers Act (SESTA), which removes Section 230 safe harbours for interactive services knowingly involved in illegal sex trafficking.The service stated that "US Congress just passed HR 1865, 'FOSTA', seeking to subject websites to criminal and civil liability when third parties (users) misuse online personals unlawfully. We can’t take such risk without jeopardizing all our other services, so we are regretfully taking craigslist personals offline.To the millions of spouses, partners, and couples who met through craigslist, we wish you every happiness!