Compuserve faces a 'death penalty' from Internet administration group Usenet after accusations that the content provider is not doing enough to stop the flood of junk email.
The Usenet death penalty - effectively a way of diverting Compuserve originated mails into a black hole - is carried out by an informal group of people who administer Usenet electronic discussion groups, which attract large amounts of email. It was imposed earlier this year on service provider UUnet after it was also accused of doing too little to combat the problem of Spam - junk email.
Now Compuserve has been targeted because administrators say it has not responded to pleas from the Internet community to filter email, in order to cut out some of the Spam crossing its network. Nor has it disconnected dial-up accounts that send out large amounts of Spam, Usenet claims.
A Compuserve spokesperson said the company was drawing up an Acceptable Use Policy, with which Compuserve users would be expected to comply, and it hoped that would be enough to have the penalty lifted.
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