"They're trying to move people to their paid subscription sites," said Ian Brown, director of the Foundation for Information Policy Research, a technology think tank.
"They are shutting down services for which people are not paying and getting a good bit of P. out of it." In a statement, the Redmond, Washington-based Microsoft said it made the decision following the growing abuse of the Internet, particularly in unsupervised, anonymous chat rooms.
Major brand name advertisers such as Pepsi Co Inc., Georgia-Pacific Corp., State Farm Mutual Automobile Insurance Co., Countrywide Mortgage and T-Mobile withdrew ads placed on Yahoo!
(NASDAQ: YHOO) closed all of its user-created chat rooms due to controversy over sexually explicit channels aimed at minors.
After a Houston, Texas television station KPRC reported on chat room names such as "Girls 13 And Under For Older Guys" and "Girls 13 And Up For Much Older Men" that were aimed at sex with children, the publicly held business Yahoo!
Other internet portals, such as AOL and MSN, also allow users to create their own chat rooms. in that they are subscription based, and only allow access to the rooms if the user is a subscriber to the service. The result is software providers who take a "hands-off" approach grant internet users the ability to add and create content to the World Wide Web that opens the door to contributions that range from great to sometimes objectionable, to out-right illegal, and often enlightening.
MSN in its earliest versions of chat had monitors watch activity on its servers, but it was abandoned. The text of this article has been released into the public domain.
LONDON, England (CNN) -- Microsoft says it will drop chat room services in 28 countries next month, in a move it says will ward off pedophiles and junk e-mailers.
But tech analysts said the changes would help the software giant get rid of users who don't pay and are not contributing to the company's bottom line.
Still, people have fallen in love and married after first meeting in chat rooms.
As long as you're careful about safety, you can have fun checking out a few chats.
was compelled to act by shutting down all chat rooms created by users and stopped the ability to create new user chat rooms.
Online chat rooms created by the company itself are still in service and use.
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