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Yahoo Cracking Down On Chat Rooms

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In an announcement today, Yahoo has closed their user created chat rooms after a Houston news report showed that the service was used to create rooms, such as “9-17 Year Olds Wantin’ Sex” where minors looked for sex with older men. Once companies such as Pepsi Co. and State Farm learned the service they placed ads on was used in such a manner they pulled their advertising. Yahoo is now looking for ways to fix their service, hoping to later reinstate the chat room service to users without the sex.

Chat rooms are a common practice in the online world, and rooms such as the ones that led to Yahoo to shut down the service are not uncommon. Just earlier this week a movie which showed the story of one woman, Julie Posey, fighting this online practice appeared on the Lifetime network.

With the creation of the Internet, so many children are now spending their nights in front of their computer screens, and their world is opened up to anyone that wants to instant message them or email them.

This even expands to a greater number if the child decides to open up an online journal. Journaling sites such as live journal and Blogger are both popular with teens and adults alike. Many teens write daily in their journals about their life, leaving those entries public to the world. Some of those entries contain very personal information, even pointing to the exact address or phone number where the child lives.

Men may pose as younger than their years or not even go that far and befriend young children. Luring them to sex, and meeting offline. I applaud for Yahoo taking this action because at least shows they are aware of the situation, and they will make a change. If only more would take such a stance, but no matter what happens this problem just won’t go away. That’s the scary part.

To find out more about Yahoo’s decision to close their chat rooms you can read articles here and here.

To read more about children and blogging find an article on that topic here.

To learn more about Julie Posey, visit her site here.

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  • http://spaces.msn.com/members/dorksandlosers Tan The Man

    I applaud them too. They lost a lot of money from the advertising in those chatrooms and still went ahead with it. Although many of the advertisers pulled out of those sites when Yahoo! alerted them to what the chat rooms were. But still. The bulk of their revenues are advertising.

  • http://ginasramblings.blogspot.com/ Gina

    Exactly. They just cut off a big part of their money. They did the right thing though.

  • Will

    All that has happened is that the pervs moved into the “non-user” rooms. A great example of a “Sledge hammer to crack a nut!!!!!”

    Why not go the whole hog and “close the internet for public use!”. Why not ? It’s the logical extension to closing ALL rooms.

  • http://antionline.com hazard_bomb_hacker

    gold found on de field!!!!!

  • http://thissite emily house

    hello i am bored. i have nothing to do. so maybe yall should put a chatting room.

    and if u do thakx a million!!!

    :)
    xoxoo

  • Shanea

    I think that Yahoo was not responsible for those rooms created by whomever. I believe that parents are responsible for their children. As a parent and “pervert” who frequent many of those chat rooms I am sorry to see the names go. The rooms are still there it is just the search is a little more trouble some. I would not visit a room labeled in reference to children on purpose, now who know what someone may stumble into. America wants to censor everything except their government, not to mention make everyone responsible for there children. Yahoo I am understand your stance in this issue but damn I liked my chat rooms the way they were. LOL

  • Stacy

    I ALSO BELIVE THAT THE PARENTS SHOULD MONTOR THEIR CHILDREN FROM PEEOPLE THAT PREY ON THEM..I LOVE TO CHAT AND MAKE FRIENDS BECAUSE I’M AN HOUSEWIFE, SO I CHAT AND MAKE NEW FRIENDS…..I HOPE THEY DON’T SHUT THEM DOWN, JUST HAVE BETTER MODS AND MAKE IT AN SAFER PLACE FOR PEOPLE THAT ARE THERE JUST TO CHAT AND MAKE FRIENDS.