110 Reasons Craigslist Is in Legal Jeopardy
May 2009: Newmark speaks at a memorial concert for Katherine Olson who was invited by the family to speak. “Despite the billions of times well-meaning people have helped each other through Craigslist, it’s been devastating to see that it can also be used by bad people to take cruel advantage of others and bring a senseless end to a beautiful young life,” said Newark at the concert.
May 2009: The family of Katherine Olson tells Minnesota’s CityStar they do not blame Craigslist for their daughter’s murder. “There are evil people out there,” says Sarah (Olson) “And unfortunately, Craigslist is built for everyday people. And so someone that has ill will, someone psychotic, like Michael Anderson or this medical student, they are going to take it for what it is worth. It’s a free tool and they will take advantage of it. And evil people will take advantage of whatever they can.”
November 2008: From City Pages: “Craigslist began asking advertisers to provide valid identification, in addition to charging Erotic Services advertisers a nominal credit card fee ($5 to $10) per ad, enabling the company to confirm users’ identities and establish a digital fingerprint. Craigslist also vowed to donate all profits from the sex category to various charities, particularly those that address child exploitation and human trafficking.
Citing Section 230 of federal law, the Electronic Frontier Foundation believes that Craigslist is protected by the law which states: “No provider or user of an interactive computer service shall be treated as the publisher or speaker of any information provided by another information content provider.”