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ROFL - America Online bans the word "PICS" as inappropriate term

Aus fight-censorship.

From: declan@well.com (Declan McCullagh)
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[So much for discussions about the Platform for Internet Content
Selection. http://www.w3c.org/PICS/ --Declan]

---------- Forwarded message ----------
Date: Sun, 8 Jun 1997 11:59:16 -0700 (PDT)
From: David Cassel <destiny@wco.com>
To: Declan McCullagh <declan@well.com>
Subject: Fwd: Terms Of Service (fwd)

There's a new banned word on AOL:   "Pics"

[http://pathfinder.com/@@BafpJAQAGSEf7Szw/Netly/daily/960918.html has 
 some good background...]

---------- Forwarded message ----------
Date: Sun, 8 Jun 1997 10:13:03 -0400 (EDT)
From: Robski3@aol.com
To: destiny@wco.com
Subject: Fwd: Terms Of Service

Thought you might be intrested in this,, when ever you go into a private room
that aol doesnt like,, you get booted off aol,, and recieve the following
 The first boot serves as a warning, and doesnt hyrt your account, but if i
where to go into one of these rooms again,, i will loose my account!!

Thanks for your great news letters :o)

im jumpin ship soon


Forwarded message:
Subj:    Terms Of Service
Date:    97-06-06 03:55:25 EDT
From:    CATWatch01
To:      Robski3,Debski3,Ryan 7yr,AGRAV8

Dear Member,

     This e-mail has been sent to all of your screen names.  If you have
already read it under another screen name, please disregard this copy.

     A screen name associated with your master account recently entered the
chat room PICS.  This chat room is reportedly being used for illegal purposes
in violation of AOLís Terms of Service.  In accordance with our Terms of
Service, AOL reserves the right to treat as public any private chat room
whose directory or room name is published or becomes generally known or
available.  Please be advised that members found in these rooms may lose
their AOL membership without further warning.

     If you entered this room in response to offers of "free online time",
"upgrades of AOL" or the like, you should be aware that these offers are
fraudulent.  AOL does not issue credit through private rooms, and upgrades of
our software are only available in designated free areas of AOL.  If you come
across any of these false offers, we would appreciate it if you would report
them to the Community Action Team (Keyword:TOS).  If you believe you have
entered such a room by accident, please contact the Community Action Team as
soon as possible (Keyword:TOS).  

     We remind you that the AOL community depends on our members abiding by
our community rules.  If you are unfamiliar with these rules, please take the
time to read AOLís Terms of Service, which is always available free online by
going to Keyword:TOS. 


The Community Action Team
America Online, Inc.

Thomas Roessler ∑ 74a353cc0b19 ∑ dg1ktr ∑ http://home.pages.de/~roessler/