Microsoft has delayed implementing an Internet news site rating system, after it could not make its new browser, Internet Explorer 4.0, compatible in time.
The system, being developed by the Internet Content Coalition, composed of representatives of the US media, is designed to rate news sites on the Internet for the adult level of their content.
Microsoft said it would support the rating system at some point in the future. Its new browser already supports the system developed by RACS (Recreational Software Advisory Council), of which Microsoft is a member.
However, some free speech groups on the Internet remain opposed to any form of ratings system, which they consider censorship.
The Supreme Court recently ruled unlawful the Communications Decency Act, which threatened to regulate Internet content, but most Internet vendors continue to support either the RACS system or the Platform for Internet Content Selection (PICS).
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