Boing Boing pal Jason Schultz says, "I'm not surprised about banning chat rooms where people talk about adult sex with kids, but banning all kids from all chat rooms? That's crazy. I remember in the late 90's all these great stories about gay teens in the midwest who found community in online chat rooms and felt less depressed and it lowered their suicide rate significantly."
Snip from San Jose Mercury News story:
Yahoo Inc. said Wednesday it will bar chat rooms that promote sex between minors and adults and restrict all chat rooms to users 18 and older. The changes come under an agreement with New York Attorney General Eliot Spitzer and Nebraska Attorney General Jon Bruning.Link
"This is about protecting kids," Bruning said.