It would likely result in the takedown of what might otherwise be perfectly legitimate free expression." Craigslist announced on September 15, 2010, that it had closed its adult services in the United States for good.
Community members started asking for a web interface.
Newmark registered "craigslist.org", and the website went live in 1996.
e Bay owned approximately 25%, and Newmark is believed to own the largest stake.
to "remedy the substantial and ongoing harm to fair competition" that Craigslist claimed was constituted by e Bay's actions as Craigslist shareholders; the company claimed that it had used its minority stake to gain access to confidential information, which it then used as part of its competing service Kijiji. announced that it would divest its stake back to Craigslist for an undisclosed amount, and settle its litigation with the company.
It became a web-based service in 1996 and expanded into other classified categories. Having observed people helping one another in friendly, social, and trusting communal ways on the Internet via the WELL, Mind Vox and Usenet, and feeling isolated as a relative newcomer to San Francisco, Craigslist founder Craig Newmark decided to create something similar for local events.
In early 1995, he began an email distribution list to friends.
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".
The site initially replaced the adult services page link with the word "censored" in white-on-black text.