Craigslist founder wants to be hero of US media

Craigslist founder Craig Newmark's total philanthropic efforts involving the media in the past year totalled $70 million.
Craigslist founder Craig Newmark's total philanthropic efforts involving the media in the past year totalled $70 million.PHOTO: INSTAGRAM/CRAIG NEWMARK

Craig Newmark is donating millions of dollars to bolster companies' attempts to protect and report the truth under the current American administration

SAN FRANCISCO • Mr Craig Newmark, so often accused of being a villain, is now doing his best to play hero and revive journalism.

In the late 1990s, the former IBM programmer built a service that allowed people to find apartments, jobs, computer parts, sexual partners, rides out of town and all sorts of other things through the newfangled consumer Internet.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on October 24, 2018, with the headline 'Craigslist founder wants to be hero of US media'. Print Edition | Subscribe