Messaging & Online Collaboration: 10 Reasons Craigslist Is in Legal Jeopardy

By eWEEK Staff  |  Posted 2009-05-08 Print this article Print
10 Reasons Craigslist Is in Legal Jeopardy

10 Reasons Craigslist Is in Legal Jeopardy

Founded in 1995 by Craig Newmark as a way to inform about local events in San Francisco, Craigslist has grown into a national classified powerhouse in everything from apartment rentals to erotic services.
The popular online classified site Craigslist is under a ton of pressure from law enforcement, state's Attorneys General and public perception that its Website makes it too easy for prostitution, life-threatening fetishism and the dark side of human behavior to take root. From the recent Philip Markoff case in New England dubbed by tabloids as the "Craigslist Killer" to a Minnesota woman's death after answering an ad for a nanny, as well as many other cases, Craigslist is getting a bad rep. Is Craigslist really at fault? Or is it being abused by troubled individuals? Does having sections on the site like "Erotic Services" catering to fetishists and those looking for anonymous sexual activity open Craigslist up to legal and law enforcement scrutiny? Or is the site protected by laws for Internet Service Providers? Whatever the outcome, Craigslist is certainly headed for a legal battle that will pit free speech advocates and classified publishers against those who want to shut down Craigslist.

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