Executives from the company noted that in recent months, as most legitimate users have moved from chat rooms to Instant Messaging (IM) for online chat, chat rooms have increasingly been filled with inappropriate content for children.
"We recognize that \[this inappropriate conduct and content\] is a common industrywide problem," MSN's Lisa Gurry said.
In Brazil, Canada, Japan, and the United States, MSN's chat rooms will stay open, but users will need to participate in at least one paid MSN service, ensuring that Microsoft has users' credit card numbers and other personal information on file in the event of abuse.
Microsoft currently provides local MSN content in 33 countries and 17 languages, and the company says that more than 200 million people use the service worldwide; more than 1.2 million people access the MSN chat rooms. In my programs is one that says you can install parental controls, why isnt it being used??
I agree the teens rooms have a lot of filth in them and not just by adults preying on children. restricted internet access is better then nothing at all plus it will keep them from coming into contact with harmful chatters.
I have seen discusting ads from 13 year olds asking for sex and other perversions!! Close the teen rooms or monitor them is the best thing, hosts have a way of knowing who is legit or not and can clean up the filth the kids spew in the rooms too. Parents, when are we going to step up to the plate and take action? I applaud Microsoft for their efforts to protect kids from pedophiles, child molestors and online predators.
“…I am always reminded of how small changes in the details of a digital design have profound unforeseen effects on the experiences of humans who are playing with it…It is impossible to work with information technology without also engaging in social engineering.” -Jaron Lanier  After a relatively quiet and unmourned death, the chatroom as a social space recently returned in the form of Omegle and Chatroulette.
AOHell provided a number of other utilities which ran on top of the America Online client software.
we've created this space in order to invite you, through our webcam, a few moments of initimity in our life of every days, since our living room or our kitchen, in our bathroom or our bedroom.
I am Abi, blonde, blue eyed, slim gal very submissive who can be dominant.
"We've taken a look at our service and how we can make efforts to step up our efforts to provide a safe environment ...
The change is intended to help protect MSN users from unsolicited information such as spam and to better protect children from inappropriate communication online." The company's decision to change its chat strategy comes in the wake of a sharp increase in high-profile cases worldwide in which sexual offenders and other miscreants have lured children and other people to meet in person after chatting online.