US Internet service provider Prodigy is barring access to newsgroups that it suspects contain child pornography, resisting pressure from civil liberties groups.
"This is not an issue of freedom of speech," said Marc Jacobson, Prodigy's general counsel. Prodigy was one of the largest opponents of the Communications Decency Act, which sought to control Internet content. Jacobson added: "By carefully taking this very important step, we are saying that we, as a responsible company doing business on the Internet, will not carry newsgroups that exploit children. It is illegal to distribute and store images of child pornography, and this is one area where the laws are very clear - and we obviously agree with those laws."
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