People have also been increasingly targeted by spammers posting hundreds of messages and inappropriate web addresses to chatrooms.Many have been "mining" rooms for data, finding out users' e-mail addresses to build spam lists. MSN has acknowledged that some chatters will not be happy about the move.The company is based in New York and has been around for awhile; its initial launch was in 1998.
"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.
Microsoft's internet service MSN is to cut back drastically its chatroom services because of concerns about child safety, it said.
MSN is closing all its chatrooms in Europe, the Middle East, Latin America and most of Asia from 14 October, and changing the way others are operated globally.
It’s also a text messaging and IM client in the vein of IMO or Whatsapp – a device workaround so you can text internationally and without using up your monthly text limit (if you still have one).
Feature-wise, there’s nothing very notable about Paltalk.Every person who has a Paltalk user name can create and run their own free chat room.But some people want more features like the ability for multiple people to speak at the same time.Mr Whittingham said all net services offering chatrooms should continue to look at how they can safeguard everyone on the internet, ensuring young people and parents stick to common sense advice.This means never giving out personal information online, and never arranging to see someone they have met online in the real world.So what exactly is this little-known app, and why does the United States Government care so much about it?Paltalk (parent company, AVM Software) is a video chat app and offers the same features that a variety of video chat apps do: Group video calling, mobile video calling, chat rooms.Some people want a higher quality sound that is more geared to music rather than voice.Others may want to conduct business or serve their own advertising to the visitors of their rooms.People need to ask permission to be a "buddy" and they need to know the user's e-mail address to make a request, which means most children only have "buddies" who they know outside the internet.They will also continue to make MSN Messenger free to users.