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(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!

Livelinks one of the biggest voice-enabled singles chatlines in the US.The company is also faced with a lawsuit seeking million in damages that was filed by watchdog groups of internet portals on behalf of the parents and a 12-year-old victim of molestation.A man, who once operated a Yahoo Groups site where members traded child pornography, is also involved in the suit. breached its duties in internet providership by allowing co-defendant Mark Bates and others to share child pornography on a chat room site called 'Candyman'. 's terms of use requires persons who create chat rooms to agree not to make available content that is "unlawful, harmful, threatening, abusive, harassing, defamatory, vulgar, obscene, libelous or otherwise objectionable." Legal rulings to date imply that if internet service provider's do monitor the activity in chat rooms, they incur some responsibility for its content, similarly to a publisher's responsibility for the content found in one of its books.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.