He said Yahoo, “acting as a good corporate citizen, ... We asked them to create a filter to stop this kind of thing and they have done so.” In June, while still in discussions with the attorneys general, Yahoo voluntarily closed its user-created chat rooms following complaints that some had names suggesting they facilitated illegal conduct, including sex between adults and minors.
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To join and take part in an email discussion, you do not need to register for a Yahoo account.
said Wednesday it will bar chat rooms that promote sex between minors and adults and restrict all chat rooms to users 18 and older.
The changes come under an agreement with New York Attorney General Eliot Spitzer and Nebraska Attorney General Jon Bruning. Spitzer said authorities did not have to resort to litigation.
“The agreement we have today is the first of its kind,” Spitzer said.
“We think this is an agreement that can be a template for others to use.” Bruning said the agreement means “our children are safer online and predators have fewer opportunities to prey on them.” Among the illicit chat rooms removed were those with labels such as “girls 13 & up for much older men,” “8-12 yo girls for older men,” and “teen girls for older fat men.” Many of these were located within the “Schools and Education” and “Teen” chat categories.