Cuccinelli joins letter to Topix.com about abusive online comments
Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli (R) has signed on to a letter with 22 other state attorneys general demanding that the online message board Topix.com cease charging $19.99 to provide expedited review for inappropriate messages left on the board.
An initial investigation into Topix by Kentucky and Connecticut found that obscene and abusive messages are routinely left in the "forums and polls" section of the popular online site, a violation of the site's terms of service. But when the company is alerted by users to the inappropriate posts, it charges $19.99 for a quick review.
"Targets of false, abusive, or obscene posts are being victimized a second time by being charged a removal fee for having the site take those posts down," Cuccinelli said in a statement. "I find it deplorable that a website would deliberately create an environment where these types of comments - many of them directed at children - are permitted and then allowed to remain on the website."
The letter is just one of many efforts made by state attorneys general in recent years to attempt to crack down on abusive and obscene online activity, particularly related to children.
May 14, 2010; 4:45 PM ET
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