Without it, it’s likely that the social-networking-driven nature of the Internet as we know it today would not exist.
This is not the first time Craigslist listings have come under scrutiny in relation to sex trafficking.
“Apps and Craigslist turned everyone’s apartments, if they wished, into a bathhouse — cruising moved online.” Craigslist was, of course, not the first such “bathhouse of the Internet,” as Salon so dubbed AOL in 1999.
The overwhelmingly negative coverage did not seem to jibe with what she had discovered in her review of hundreds of Craigslist personal ads, posted from 2005 to 2016 in New York City, Chicago and Los Angeles.
In 2010, the site shut down its section for erotic services after it faced pressure from state attorneys general — a move that may have endangered sex workers.
There is little precedent, however, for the knee-jerk removal of the personals section last week — what to many of the site’s LGBT users might have felt like waking up to discover Tinder had simply vanished off their phones overnight.
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When Chelsea Reynolds was in graduate school at the University of Minnesota, she and her friends would read Craigslist personal ads together, specifically the casual encounters section.