"As a responsible leader we feel it necessary to make these changes because online chat services are increasingly being misused," it said.Children's charities welcomed the move as "momentous" and said they saw it as a big step towards protecting young web users, but some have criticised the decision.
Abusive contact Internet service provider Lycos has branded the action as "irresponsible" and fear children will move to other unmoderated chatrooms on the net.
Some have suggested that MSN may have economic reasons for closing down their chatrooms.
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