For the uninitiated..
Craigslist is the world's largest classifieds portal. It started as local service in Bay Area and has now spread to over 70 cities across the world posing threat to print classifieds business. One can post anything from clothes to computers to cars for free in this site. So, how do they make money? They run a extremely lean company with a staff of only 19 and make their money from job postings.
interestingly, Craigslist is being sued (in US) by a Chicago fair housing agency accusing it of violating the fair housing act of 1968 by allowing discriminatory advertisement. So what is Craigslist is being accused off? They are being accused of allowing anonymous ads that are discriminatory in nature. Here are some of the wordings that housing group found offensive:
- "African Americans and Arabians tend to clash with me"
- "No kids allowed"
- "single occupancy only"
- "no minorities"
- Go ahead try it out.. Its free
- Beware of scam mails..
- Expect spam mails
- Entertain local deals only
- Price reasonably to improve the chances of a hit
- consummate the transaction in a neutral place like a coffee shop..
My post on Chennai Craigslist
Craigslist Scam Warning
Craigslist fact sheet
Fair Housing Act