Craigslist said that there is some indication that those who posted ads in the adult services section are posting elsewhere.
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.
"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.
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.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.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.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".