Craigslist to SC AG: Apologize, and Back Off

By Harry Kimball,  Newser Staff
Posted May 18, 2009 12:49 PM CDT
Craiglist CEO Jim Buckmaster.   (AP Photo)
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(Newser) – Craigslist is due an apology from South Carolina Attorney General Henry McMaster, the site’s CEO writes on his company blog, after threatening “unwarranted and unconstitutional charges against us that are clearly barred by federal law.” What’s more, Jim Buckmaster charges, Craigslist isn’t the only outlet running the “adult services” ads McMaster targeted—asking if he’ll go after the CEOs of AT&T, Microsoft, and the South Carolina newspapers he’ll need in his next campaign.

“Have you fully considered the implications of your accusations against craigslist?” Buckmaster asks. “What’s a crime for craigslist is clearly a crime for any company.” He concludes: “We’re willing to accept our share of criticism, but wrongfully accusing craigslist of criminal misconduct is simply beyond the pale. We would very much appreciate an apology at your very earliest convenience.”