made a surprise move last week and shut down its user-created chatrooms.the company made the move when it was discovered that the online forums were being used by sexual predators to prey on underaged children.The number represents 11.4 percent of the 614,000 names Yahoo reviewed.
i mean, seriously, how many young kids want to talk about sex with old men?? chat rooms should be regulated in the exact same way conversation in your living room, in your church, in your mosque, in the pub, or on the street cornor. chat,but have used other chat rooms and know you can give out sexually explicit photos by clicking on a link.don't yahoo!
chat rooms have room operator's so they can ban or kick these type of predator's for the room's.
, as clients such as pepsi and state farm pulled their advertising due to the issue.
state farm spokesman phil supple said, “we were thoroughly appalled when we were told that our ads were appearing on those sites.
as reported by a houston, texas tv station, men were posting sexually explicit photographs while chatting about sex with underaged girls.
once the news hit the air, the heat started beating down on yahoo!
7 letter of agreement with New York Attorney General Eliot Spitzer, Yahoo General Counsel Michael Callahan acknowledged that "certain individuals, interested in engaging in sexual conduct with minors, have at times entered or even created chat rooms for such purposes.
Yahoo is committed to continue to work with (the) law enforcement community, to minimize, target and take action against such behavior." The agreement is "an affirmative step for Yahoo," Spitzer said at a news conference.
Yahoo agreed to prescreen user-created chat room names, to reject names encouraging sexual activity between adults and children and, on finding chat rooms encouraging such activity, to purge them within 24 hours.
It also agreed to develop education materials promoting the safe use of chat rooms.
In a statement, spokeswoman Mary Osako said Yahoo will also enhance online users' safety by restricting Yahoo Chat to users 18 and older and removing the Teen category.