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.
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".
The move came shortly before e Bay's planned spin-off of Pay Pal, and an effort to divest other units to focus on its core business.
As a consequence, the young company was forced to rename to James Edition.
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 $25 to post job openings on the New York and Los Angeles pages.
Community members started asking for a web interface.
Newmark registered "craigslist.org", and the website went live in 1996.
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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.
Matt Zimmerman, senior staff attorney for the Electronic Frontier Foundation, said, "Craigslist isn't legally culpable for these posts, but the public pressure has increased and Craigslist is a small company." Brian Carver, attorney and assistant professor at UC Berkeley, said that legal threats could have a chilling effect on online expression.
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.