Dating website criticism
In 2009, one of the biggest controversies involved the "erotic services" category.
After pressure from a few US States and their Attorney Generals, they changed the category name to "adult services" on May 13, 2009.
However, this service did not come without some major controversies over the years.
The most popular categories for their personals were "strictly platonic", "men seeking women" and "women seeking men" for online dating.
Background: Craigslist is one of the earliest websites, launched in 1996, and began largely a general classified advertisements service for everything from jobs, resumes, housing and things for sale in the San Francisco area. In 2000, Jim Buckmaster (current CEO) joined the company and expanded Craigslist across multiple cities, produced many new site features and of course the new Personals section added for the first time.
Craigslist didn't want to jeopardize the rest of their classified ad business due to their personals section.However, Let's Hang Out has a zero-tolerance policy for adult or erotic services, so here!No prostitution or sex trafficking is allowed, and all members must be 18 years old or older.Later that year on December 19, Craigslist also remove the erotic and "Adult Gigs" section off of their Canadian pages, even though prostitution there wasn't illegal.There was too much criticism that these categories facilitated prostitution and sex trafficking, and the risk of too many people getting hurt.