Online chat rooms created by the company itself are still in service and use.Major brand name advertisers such as Pepsi Co Inc., Georgia-Pacific Corp., State Farm Mutual Automobile Insurance Co., Countrywide Mortgage and T-Mobile withdrew ads placed on Yahoo!
It is used as a question to find out the age, sex (or gender), and general location of the person one is talking to.
Chat rooms have also opened a door for sexual predators to meet minors, often with the sole purpose of engaging in some form of online, or in person, sexual activity.
Make no mistake, California has a number of laws that are directly related to sex crimes via the Internet and law enforcement officials crack down hard on individuals who are suspected of seducing minors in Internet chat rooms.
After a Houston, Texas television station KPRC reported on chat room names such as "Girls 13 And Under For Older Guys" and "Girls 13 And Up For Much Older Men" that were aimed at sex with children, the publicly held business Yahoo!
was compelled to act by shutting down all chat rooms created by users and stopped the ability to create new user chat rooms.