Selected quotes by irresponsible "Child safety advocates" who are not on the front lines of the fight against Yahoo!Chat will make it seem like all is well in Yahoo-ville. Today, Yahoo chat-rooms are even more dangerous than they were prior to the shut-down of the user-created rooms. We've dealt with teens abducted from Yahoo services.Update: About a month after this was posted, Yahoo shut down the teen chat-rooms and have signaled that they will be bringing back the User-created rooms.Recently Yahoo, due to pressure from advertisers, shut down their "user-created rooms." For the uninitiated, a "User-created room" is one a regular member creates, not Yahoo.Chat offered two decades ago: simplicity, ease of use, and maybe most importantly, the ability to navigate between meeting new people and privacy.Even though it’s billed as a micro-blogging platform, for many, Twitter was the sort of natural evolution of the chatroom, yet Twitter has two major problems where looking back might provide solutions: new user engagement and harassment. It played a safe middle ground, it was a bit more mature than AOL, while being less complicated (and much safer for novices) than more advanced IRC chat clients. Predators and harassment were just as real of a concern then as they are now on Twitter.
Because many of these programs are free and allege that they provide anonymity to the user, a cheating husband or cheating wife will often open up one of these free e-mail accounts to correspond with their cheating partner.
They can be more provocative on-line, act bolder, kinkier and it is often accepted because they feel anonymous and protected. Most Americans have some e-mail software that they use to access their mail.
Outlook, Eudora and Netscape are among the most common types of e-mail software.
All save a couple were of Yahoo users attempting to prey upon teens.
Zero of these users were found in user-created chat-rooms. It is because our organization doesn't bother working user-created chat-rooms. It's a complicated answer that you won't find in your average story about Yahoo closing user-created rooms.