A letter to Wired...
Date: Tue, 25 Jun 1996 09:54:43 -0700 (PDT)
From: Destiny < firstname.lastname@example.org>
Subject: RANT about AOL...
Not only does keyword: sex lock users into visiting AOL's entertainment
area -- and a one minute mandatory "art" download. AOL also coded a
keyword "fart" into their system. For the last six months it's played a
sound file announcing "That's inappropriate. We're a family service."
AOL's hypocrisy is astounding. Though staffers patrol chat rooms for
inappropriate language, internet rights groups published a leaked
transcript of their on-line training.
www.motley-focus.com/~timber/dirtyword.html shows the staffers gleefully
using the words for which they'll later cancel accounts. According to
AOL's Terms of Service, they also search for actions which "in AOL, Inc.'s
sole opinion, restricts or inhibits other Members from...enjoying America
Online". But in the black-is-white Newspeak of corporate public
relations, decency thugs become the "Community Action Team". Read Steve
Case's letter to members, where he announces "we are totally committed to
do whatever it takes to protect our reputation of leadership in this
emerging industry." Then visit keyword Fart.