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Germany: Chat provider commit to youth protection regulations

Published on: 06.11.07
Source: Press release Freiwillige Selbstkontrolle Mulitmedia-Diensteanbieter e.V.

Chat rooms on the Internet should be safe and secure for children and young people. The German provider Lycos Europe, RTL interactive and Knuddels have integrated themselves to a so called 'self-regulation chat' and signed a Code of Conduct. The companies intend to control more precisely the offers for children and young people. The consortium has taken place under the patronage of the German 'Freiwillige Selbstkontrolle Multimedia-Diensteanbieter'.

The Code of Conduct is not only in force for the offers to children and young people. Furthermore, the Code comprises the requirement of a moderator, who shall be available during the chat times between 10 and 22 o'clock. Moreover, the companies administer a so called "Badwords" list, which contains unwanted terms. They commit to offer a functionality of an 'ignore / no notice' button and more effective measures to block user, who offend against the chatting rules. Besides the technical solutions, which should be realised within the next year, the companies set value on the user education and empowerment.

Code of Conduct in German language to be found as a PDF here.

Press release in German language can be found as a PDF under http://www.fsm.de/inhalt.doc/PM_2007-11-05_Chat.pdf


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