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Yahoo out of porn game

Porn may be web's big seller, but not on Yahoo

Yahoo will no longer sell porn on its shopping site after protests from users forced it to take down the offensive material.

Organised protests by US right-wing groups including the Californian lobby group Capitol Resource Institute demanded Yahoo pull the 'hardcore' material from its portal.

The American Family Association went as far as to ask the US Attorney General's office to prosecute Yahoo for the sale "of obscene material and child pornography".

Yahoo, which has been at the centre of allegations of child vulnerability in its chat rooms, quickly responded by pulling the offensive articles from its site.

"While Yahoo has offered controlled access to adult products available via the internet... many of our users voiced concerns this week about some of the products being sold by merchants on Yahoo shopping. We heard them and swiftly responded," said Jeff Mallett, president of Yahoo.

The portal has been struggling of late, mainly due to very poor online advertising revenues.

"We are listening to our users and hope by meeting their needs we will stay ahead of the competition," said a Yahoo spokesperson.


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