Their reasoning was this: Many users (many underage users) were creating pornographic custom rooms.
These rooms were displaying advertising from virtually all major corporations that paid for advertising on Yahoo.
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The revamp of the chat feature did not include the create custom rooms which was part of the major problem with underage people taking part in the cybersex area of the chat. I looked up the whois on the web site and then I went to and did a reverse lookup and pretended to be the police.
Yahoo continually revamped their chat until their advertisers were content that they were not advertising on a virtual porn site (which at one point Yahoo chat was considered because of the unregulated chat rooms) 74.1 (talk) , 22 February 2010 (UTC) what happened to the web based version of yahoo messenger for people who don't or can't install the full version? I was like you are solicitating porno to my 12-year old son.
184.108.40.206 , 30 August 2006 (UTC) Not even a mention of the infinite bots that exist in the chat rooms? I told him that solicitating sex to minors is a serious crime which you can to prison for. and not to mention that pretending to be the police is a crime in itself.
The legacy Windows, Mac, Linux and Solaris clients are not supported anymore, and their servers will begin shutting down on August 5, 2016, with the clients no longer working by August 31, 2016. Since then, Yahoo has released a new desktop messenger at https://messenger.yahoo.com/download; however, it is only supported by newer versions of Microsoft Windows, meaning that if you use an older version (like XP), the new desktop messenger will NOT install.
webcams of minors, plenty of adults exposing themselves to underage kids. They have legal claimers that show you must be this old to enter these rooms and that user experiences may change when venturing into them...guess your not smart enough to realize that and go pretending to be the police Not sure when, but Yahoo has an additional logon criteria added. An aberrated picture of some combination of letters/numbers now appears as part of the Yahoo chat room logon process.
This has helped a lot to keep the flies/pornbots way down.
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