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MSN Shuts Down Its Chatrooms

In an unprecedented move, MSN will shut down most of its chat rooms, because of concerns about child safety.

It is closing its chat rooms in Europe, the Middle East, Latin America and most of Asia from 14 October, and changing the way others are operated globally. The only chat service available to MSN users in the UK will be the free instant messaging service, MSN Messenger. Chatrooms on MSN’s other global sites will either be supervised – or moderated – by an adult 24 hours a day, or will be on a credit card subscription-basis only. Asia: “MSN’s U.S. chat-rooms will stay but will be shifted to a subscription model to promote accountability. Users will have to pay a subscription by credit card, a move that is hoped will strip them of true anonymity and promote better behaviour.”

Expect this to cause a lot of controversy, and eventually other sites like Yahoo and AOL will follow suit.