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.
In January 2000, current CEO Jim Buckmaster joined the company as lead programmer and CTO.Buckmaster contributed the site's multi-city architecture, search engine, discussion forums, flagging system, self-posting process, homepage design, personals categories, and best-of-Craigslist feature. On August 1, 2004, Craigslist began charging to post job openings on the New York and Los Angeles pages.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.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".But this is necessary not only for my career but for the relationships I've made through camming and my own personal health.
[ For those I owe things to, you'll get your stuff when/if I get better or I'll try to compensate you in another way. ]Tl;dr: Basically, my health sucks ass, and I made a lot of mistakes.
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.
PLEASE READ AND NOTEDue to complications with my health, physically and mentally, I am no longer offering most sexual services.
There won't be nudity, cumshows, tips for requests, flashes, or content-making (unless I'm 100% okay with it. I've let desperation and low self-esteem influence my decisions too often, and because of that, I've created so much pain inside myself and fucked a lot of people over.
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.