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The site received criticism and complaints from attorneys general that the section's ads were facilitating prostitution and child sex trafficking.

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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.

Most of the early postings were submitted by Newmark and were notices of social events of interest to software and Internet developers living and working in the San Francisco Bay Area. The number of subscribers and postings grew rapidly.

There was no moderation and Newmark was surprised when people started using the mailing list for non-event postings.

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.

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.

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

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 (stylized as craigslist) is an American classified advertisements website with sections devoted to jobs, housing, personals, for sale, items wanted, services, community, gigs, résumés, and discussion forums. In March 2008, Spanish, French, Italian, German, and Portuguese became the first non-English languages Craigslist supported.

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