Yahoo agreed to prescreen user-created chat room names, to reject names encouraging sexual activity between adults and children and, on finding chat rooms encouraging such activity, to purge them within 24 hours.
"Any time someone asks to meet with a child under the age of 15 for sex they’ve committed a crime.
My name is Mark Vogel and I am the project manager at HIV In Site, and I will be the moderator of today's discussion.
Most of us are here because we are probably familiar with the recent studies that report high rates of unprotected sex and outbreaks of STDs among men who meet other men in Internet chat rooms.
In a statement, spokeswoman Mary Osako said Yahoo will also enhance online users' safety by restricting Yahoo Chat to users 18 and older and removing the Teen category.
New York and Nebraska began their investigations this year after learning that children had unfettered access to adult chat rooms.