New York, June 25 (Kashar News):yahoo drops its users-created chat rooms and stopped letting its users set up their own online chat rooms, after TV news report that some people were using the service to solicit sexual encounters with children.
Companies such as PepsiCo State Farm Insurance and Georgia-Pacific Corp. stopped advertising on Yahoo after they were informed that adults were attempting to lure children into sexual encounters within some of Yahoo's user-created chat rooms.
"We are working on improvements to the service to enhance users' experience and their compliance with our terms of service," Osako said. "Yahoo condemns the use of Internet tools for illegal activities."
KPRC reported last month that major advertisers including PepsiCo Inc., Georgia-Pacific Corp. and State Farm Mutual Automobile Insurance Co. removed their ads after the station found the ads were appearing on Yahoo user-created chat rooms that were aimed at sex with children.
Yahoo requires users to agree not to "harm minors in any way" or make available any content that is "unlawful, harmful, threatening, abusive, harassing, tortuous, defamatory, vulgar, obscene, libelous or otherwise objectionable, " according to its Web site.
However, chat rooms set up and maintained by Yahoo remain open, Osako said.