Monday, May 18, 2009

Craigslist CEO Shopping for an Apology From McMaster

Posted by Greg Hambrick on Mon, May 18, 2009 at 11:53 AM

e484/1242661731-mcmaster_resized.jpgCraigslist CEO Jim Buckmaster spent his whole weekend fuming over S.C. Attorney General Henry McMaster's continued threats of criminal prosecution for adult services found on the website.

Buckmaster had agreed to concessions last week after lengthy negotiations with three other attorneys general, but McMaster (pictured) said it wasn't enough and continued to call on the popular classifieds site to remove all user-generated ads that offered sexual services.

Throughout the weekend, Buckmaster updated a post on a host of other web classified pages that host personal "entertainment" services, including the Post and Courier.

Today, he called on McMaster to apologize for targeting Craigslist, while suggesting that the attorney general shouldn't throw around words like "criminal," particularly in the run-up to a contentious gubernatorial campaign.

"Have you fully considered the implications of your accusations against Craigslist?" Buckmaster wrote. "What's a crime for Craigslistis clearly a crime for any company."

Of course, it's quite possible that all Buckmaster has succeeded in doing is making McMaster's job easier when he does, in fact, go after the state's larger personal ad providers.

Another interesting fact comes from a chart that Buckmaster posted on Sunday showing overall growth in Craigslist postings in South Carolina. What is interesting about the chart is the relatively modest growth in Charleston posts compared to Greenville, Myrtle Beach, and Columbia.

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