October 12, 2005

Yahoo to shut chat rooms promoting adult-child sex

NEW YORK (Reuters) - Yahoo Inc. agreed to shut down
Internet chat rooms designed to promote sex between adults and
children, New York Attorney General Eliot Spitzer said on

The agreement is the first to institute systemwide controls
over chat rooms likely to be frequented by child predators, the
attorney general said.

New York and Nebraska this year began investigations after
learning that children had unfettered access to adult chat
rooms. Spitzer said Yahoo in June removed or barred the posting
of 70,000 user-created chat rooms whose names suggested they
facilitated illegal conduct, including the promotion of sex
between adults and children.