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Sex ads had cost initially and it was estimated they would have brought in million in 2010 had they continued., 2010, after pressure from Ottawa and several provinces, Craigslist closed 'Erotic Services' and 'Adult Gigs' from its Canadian website, even though prostitution was not itself illegal in Canada at the time.

Craigslist has a user flagging system to quickly identify illegal and inappropriate postings.

Users may flag postings they believe to be in violation of Craigslist guidelines.

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.

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.

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".

In 2002, a disclaimer was put on the "men seeking men", "casual encounters", "erotic services", and "rants and raves" boards to ensure that those who clicked on these sections were over the age of 18, but no disclaimer was put on the "men seeking women", "women seeking men" or "women seeking women" boards.

e Bay owned approximately 25%, and Newmark is believed to own the largest stake.

to "remedy the substantial and ongoing harm to fair competition" that Craigslist claimed was constituted by e Bay's actions as Craigslist shareholders; the company claimed that it had used its minority stake to gain access to confidential information, which it then used as part of its competing service Kijiji. announced that it would divest its stake back to Craigslist for an undisclosed amount, and settle its litigation with the company.

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.