After a Houston, Texas television station KPRC reported on chat room names such as "Girls 13 And Under For Older Guys" and "Girls 13 And Up For Much Older Men" that were aimed at sex with children, the publicly held business Yahoo!
This will enable us to refocus our efforts on modernising our core Yahoo products experiences and of course, create new ones." Yahoo is indeed in a period of great flux, with new chief executive Marissa Mayer — who IM features RIP Yahoo Chat Rooms has proved to be a troublesome feature for the company at times, notably when underage sex-themed rooms were revealed in 2005.
Online chat rooms created by the company itself are still in service and use.
Major brand name advertisers such as Pepsi Co Inc., Georgia-Pacific Corp., State Farm Mutual Automobile Insurance Co., Countrywide Mortgage and T-Mobile withdrew ads placed on Yahoo!
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Most of the doomed features — Public Chat Rooms, Pingbox and Windows Live Messenger interoperability — will be axed on 14 December.