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PR Goes Splat Over MSN Chat

“The whole point of chat is anonymity, and this is a longstanding Internet tradition. More importantly, even the suggestion that the company might identify chatters through credit card information carries HUGE privacy implications…My take on the real reason: Microsoft has been on a long track of taking free MSN services and charging money for them.”

Also see “Chatroom closures ‘not altruistic’“: “We are somewhat bemused that MSN has managed to pull off something of a PR coup with this announcement, whilst giving the impression of being respectable and responsible, our own view is that what they are doing is nothing short of reckless,” said a Freeserve spokeswoman.