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The ads were like the Wild West of dating—full of spammers, weirdos trying to collect photos of strangers, and horny jerks eager to e-mail you dick pics—but they were often incredibly entertaining reading.

The Missed Connections section was especially good browsing material—many posts read like personal diary entries full of internal psychodrama or the plots of Woody Allen films.

Since the 1990s, websites with third-party advertisers have invoked "CDA 230," which was passed during the Great Depression, as legal cover for content posted by advertisers that might be illegal.

Human rights activists have been raising the alarm about CDA 230 over the past decade.

You can still read some of the final ads if you do a Google search for "Craigslist Missed Connections," and it's a wistful reminder of what the Internet was like pre-Zuckerberg—weird, awkward, hilarious.