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.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.
"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.
On May 13, 2009, Craigslist announced that it would close the erotic services section, replacing it with an adult services section to be reviewed by Craigslist employees. On September 4, 2010, Craigslist closed the adult services section of its website in the United States.
The site initially replaced the adult services page link with the word "censored" in white-on-black text.
Community members started asking for a web interface.
Newmark registered "craigslist.org", and the website went live in 1996.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.Analysts and commentators have reported varying figures for its annual revenue, ranging from million in 2004, million in 2005, and , there have been no substantive changes to the usefulness or non-advertising nature of the site—no banner ads, charges for a few services provided to businesses.The company was believed to be owned principally by Newmark, Buckmaster and e Bay (the three board members).Craigslist said that there is some indication that those who posted ads in the adult services section are posting elsewhere.