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 company does not formally disclose financial or ownership information.
The service stated that "US Congress just passed HR 1865, 'FOSTA', seeking to subject websites to criminal and civil liability when third parties (users) misuse online personals unlawfully. We can’t take such risk without jeopardizing all our other services, so we are regretfully taking craigslist personals offline.
To the millions of spouses, partners, and couples who met through craigslist, we wish you every happiness!
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.
However, the removal was applauded by many state attorneys general and some other groups fighting sex crimes.