modemac writes: "AT&T and America Online have joined ("voluntarily," of course) Verizon, Time Warner, and Sprint in their ongoing efforts to block Internet users' access to child pornography. In the cases of Verizon and Time Warner, this has been used as an excuse to purge their servers of vast areas of the Usenet heirarchy: Time Warner cancelled Usenet completely due to "low customer demand," while Verizon cut off access to all newsgroups except the Big 8 heirarchies. Immediately upon the announcement of this additional effort to protect us all from kiddie porn, AT&T has announced they will be removing all newsgroups beginning with "alt.binary" (sic). One can only wonder what AOL will be doing to ensure that no one sees kiddie porn on the alt.movies.*, alt.religion.*, and alt.sex.stories.moderated newsgroups."
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