[MUD-Dev] AOL lawsuit

Matt Mihaly the_logos at achaea.com
Sat Sep 1 22:48:14 New Zealand Standard Time 2001


On Sat, 1 Sep 2001, John Robert Arras wrote:
> On Fri, Aug 31 2001, Matt Mihaly <the_logos at achaea.com> wrote:
 
>> This is chilling:
>> http://news.cnet.com/news/0-1005-200-7017545.html?tag=lh
  
>> It's about a lawsuit filed against AOL that alleges that AOL
>> allowed hate speech to to unsanctioned in chat rooms for Muslims,
>> in violation of federal civil rights laws.
 
> I am not as bothered by this lawsuit. It is well-known that AOL
> tries to be a nanny that monitors everything that gets written
> there so that it maintains a "family" or "safe" environment. The
> lawsuit is not over the hate speech itself, but over the fact that
> AOL does not enforce its "nanny" rules uniformly.

A quote from the prosecution's lawyer:

  "In light of the growing significance of the Internet, a public
  chat room should fall within this category as a place of
  entertainment and therefore should be free of harassment,"

Almost all MUDs fall into the same category.

--matt

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