Microsoft has announced it plans to close all unregulated chatrooms on its global sites. This man was posing as a woman in a chatroom and had over 500 images that were seized and his is awaiting trial. Val, USA It should be the parents' responsibility, not MSN's.
Surely it is better chat rooms are run by companies such as Microsoft, which would regulate their usage, rather then un-moderated services where you do not know who is running them.
I for one will not be forced into paying to use a chat room.
Kay, USA Perhaps Microsoft can convince the public that that the only reason for ending their free chat room service was child safety by levying a 1 cent charge for its paid service?
The real and more serious issue is growing need for proper identification on the Internet.
Perhaps now is the time for state issue voluntary electronic "ID" cards.
Electronic IDs do not need to limit anonymity but can supplement it in situations where greater accountability is needed. I personally stopped using the chat rooms because of all the perverted ads I kept receiving. Mark Holloway, United States This is a step in the right direction, but I would also like assurance that Microsoft will attempt to cut spam on its Hotmail e-mail service, which members receive in huge amounts, and these emails often contain porn.
Paul M, Ireland I think that closing down the US MSN chat site is pointless as the kids are just going go to the USA site and use that instead. Aleksandar Lukic, England I meet lots of new friends in the chatrooms so please don't close them down.
Trey, USA All I can say is that people must be hard up if they have to resort to chatrooms to find friendship. Rob, GB Another example of the fear everyone campaign.
I have looked at a news chat room and some of the comments can only come from really low life sources. Parents need to take responsibility for their children on the net.