CompuServe Censors Newsgroups
Published: 1995-12-28

On Thursday, December 28th, 1995, CompuServe Inc. decided to suspend access to 200 Internet newsgroups that were considered "pornographic." This move was made due to pressure from the German government to limit public access to the Internet.

There is terrific risk that Germany, which is known for banning of books and materials deemed inappropriate will expand the list of banned newsgroups to include political and historical groups. It is reported that the German government told CompuServe to block member access to the offending newsgroups. CompuServe does not have the technical ability to only ban these materials from Germany and therefore decided to ban access to every CompuServe user. Supposedly, each of the banned newsgroups was identified as illegal under German criminal law.

The following is a list of all the Usenet groups censored by Compuserve on Friday, December 29, without notice.

(This list was provided by an employee of CompuServe.)

  1. alt.binaires.pictures.erotica.teen
  2. alt.binaries.erotic.senior-citizens
  3. alt.binaries.multimedia.erotica
  4. alt.binaries.pictures.black.erotic.females
  5. alt.binaries.pictures.erotic.anime
  6. alt.binaries.pictures.erotic.centerfolds
  7. alt.binaries.pictures.erotic.senior-citizens
  8. alt.binaries.pictures.erotica
  9. alt.binaries.pictures.erotica.amateur.d
  10. alt.binaries.pictures.erotica.amateur.female
  11. alt.binaries.pictures.erotica.amateur.male
  12. alt.binaries.pictures.erotica.animals
  13. alt.binaries.pictures.erotica.anime
  14. alt.binaries.pictures.erotica.art.pin-up
  15. alt.binaries.pictures.erotica.balls
  16. alt.binaries.pictures.erotica.bears
  17. alt.binaries.pictures.erotica.bestiality
  18. alt.binaries.pictures.erotica.black.females
  19. alt.binaries.pictures.erotica.black.male
  20. alt.binaries.pictures.erotica.blondes
  21. alt.binaries.pictures.erotica.bondage
  22. alt.binaries.pictures.erotica.breasts
  23. alt.binaries.pictures.erotica.butts
  24. alt.binaries.pictures.erotica.cartoons
  25. alt.binaries.pictures.erotica.cheerleaders
  26. alt.binaries.pictures.erotica.d
  27. alt.binaries.pictures.erotica.disney
  28. alt.binaries.pictures.erotica.female
  29. alt.binaries.pictures.erotica.female.anal
  30. alt.binaries.pictures.erotica.fetish
  31. alt.binaries.pictures.erotica.fetish.feet
  32. alt.binaries.pictures.erotica.fetish.hair
  33. alt.binaries.pictures.erotica.fetish.latex
  34. alt.binaries.pictures.erotica.fetish.leather
  35. alt.binaries.pictures.erotica.furry
  36. alt.binaries.pictures.erotica.gaymen
  37. alt.binaries.pictures.erotica.latina
  38. alt.binaries.pictures.erotica.male
  39. alt.binaries.pictures.erotica.male.anal
  40. alt.binaries.pictures.erotica.midgets
  41. alt.binaries.pictures.erotica.oral
  42. alt.binaries.pictures.erotica.orientals
  43. alt.binaries.pictures.erotica.plushies
  44. alt.binaries.pictures.erotica.pornstar
  45. alt.binaries.pictures.erotica.pornstars
  46. alt.binaries.pictures.erotica.pre-teen
  47. alt.binaries.pictures.erotica.pregnant
  48. alt.binaries.pictures.erotica.redheads
  49. alt.binaries.pictures.erotica.spanking
  50. alt.binaries.pictures.erotica.tasteless
  51. alt.binaries.pictures.erotica.teen
  52. alt.binaries.pictures.erotica.teen.d
  53. alt.binaries.pictures.erotica.teen.female
  54. alt.binaries.pictures.erotica.teen.fuck Teens
  55. alt.binaries.pictures.erotica.teen.male Teens
  56. alt.binaries.pictures.erotica.terry.agar
  57. alt.binaries.pictures.erotica.transvestites
  58. alt.binaries.pictures.erotica.uncut
  59. alt.binaries.pictures.erotica.urine
  60. alt.binaries.pictures.erotica.voyeurism
  61. alt.binaries.pictures.erotica.young
  62. alt.binaries.pictures.groupsex
  63. alt.binaries.pictures.lesbians
  64. alt.binaries.pictures.lolita.misc
  65. alt.binaries.pictures.nude.celebrities
  66. alt.binaries.sounds.erotica
  67. alt.homosexual
  68. alt.magick.sex
  69. alt.magick.sex.angst
  70. alt.motss.bisexua-l
  71. alt.politics.sex
  72. alt.recovery.addiction.sexual
  73. alt.recovery.sexual-addiction
  74. alt.religion.sexuality
  75. alt.sex
  76. alt.sex.aliens
  77. alt.sex.anal
  78. alt.sex.animals
  79. alt.sex.asphyx
  80. alt.sex.balls
  81. alt.sex.bears
  82. alt.sex.bestiality
  83. alt.sex.bestiality.barney
  84. alt.sex.bestiality.hamster.duct-tape
  85. alt.sex.bondage
  86. alt.sex.bondage.furtoonia
  87. alt.sex.bondage.sco.unix
  88. alt.sex.boredom
  89. alt.sex.boys
  90. alt.sex.breast
  91. alt.sex.brothels
  92. alt.sex.carasso
  93. alt.sex.children
  94. alt.sex.cthulhu
  95. alt.sex.disney
  96. alt.sex.doom.with-sound
  97. alt.sex.dylan
  98. alt.sex.enemas
  99. alt.sex.erotica.market.place
  100. alt.sex.erotica.marketplace
  101. alt.sex.escorts.ads
  102. alt.sex.escorts.ads.d
  103. alt.sex.exhibitionism
  104. alt.sex.extropians
  105. alt.sex.fat
  106. alt.sex.femdom
  107. alt.sex.fencing
  108. alt.sex.fetish.amputee
  109. alt.sex.fetish.diapers
  110. alt.sex.fetish.drew-barrymore
  111. alt.sex.fetish.fa
  112. alt.sex.fetish.fashion
  113. alt.sex.fetish.feet
  114. alt.sex.fetish.hair
  115. alt.sex.fetish.jello
  116. alt.sex.fetish.motorcycles
  117. alt.sex.fetish.orientals
  118. alt.sex.fetish.peterds.momma
  119. alt.sex.fetish.power-rangers.kimberly.tight-spandex
  120. alt.sex.fetish.robots
  121. alt.sex.fetish.scat
  122. alt.sex.fetish.size
  123. alt.sex.fetish.smoking
  124. alt.sex.fetish.sportswear
  125. alt.sex.fetish.startrek
  126. alt.sex.fetish.the-bob
  127. alt.sex.fetish.tickling
  128. alt.sex.fetish.tinygirls
  129. alt.sex.fetish.trent-reznor
  130. alt.sex.fetish.waifs
  131. alt.sex.fetish.watersports
  132. alt.sex.fetish.wet-and-messy
  133. alt.sex.fetish.white-mommas
  134. alt.sex.fetish.wrestling
  135. alt.sex.first-time
  136. alt.sex.fish
  137. alt.sex.furry
  138. alt.sex.gangbang
  139. alt.sex.girl.watchers
  140. alt.sex.girls
  141. alt.sex.guns
  142. alt.sex.hello-kitty
  143. alt.sex.historical
  144. alt.sex.homosexual
  145. alt.sex.incest
  146. alt.sex.intergen
  147. alt.sex.jesus
  148. alt.sex.jp
  149. alt.sex.magazines
  150. alt.sex.marsha-clark
  151. alt.sex.masturbation
  152. alt.sex.midgets
  153. alt.sex.modem-kamikaze
  154. alt.sex.motss
  155. alt.sex.movies
  156. alt.sex.necrophilia
  157. alt.sex.nudels.me.too
  158. alt.sex.oral
  159. alt.sex.orgy
  160. alt.sex.pedophilia
  161. alt.sex.pedophilia.boys
  162. alt.sex.pedophilia.girls
  163. alt.sex.pedophilia.pictures
  164. alt.sex.pedophilia.swaps
  165. alt.sex.pictures
  166. alt.sex.pictures.d
  167. alt.sex.pictures.female
  168. alt.sex.pictures.male
  169. alt.sex.plushies
  170. alt.sex.pre-teens
  171. alt.sex.prostitution
  172. alt.sex.reptiles
  173. alt.sex.safe
  174. alt.sex.services
  175. alt.sex.sgml
  176. alt.sex.sm.fig
  177. alt.sex.snakes
  178. alt.sex.sounds
  179. alt.sex.spanking
  180. alt.sex.stories
  181. alt.sex.stories.d
  182. alt.sex.stories.gay
  183. alt.sex.stories.hetero
  184. alt.sex.stories.moderated
  185. alt.sex.stories.tg
  186. alt.sex.strip-clubs
  187. alt.sex.super-size
  188. alt.sex.swingers
  189. alt.sex.tasteless
  190. alt.sex.telephone
  191. alt.sex.toons
  192. alt.sex.trans
  193. alt.sex.ugly
  194. alt.sex.uncut
  195. alt.sex.video-swap
  196. alt.sex.voxmeet
  197. alt.sex.voyeurism
  198. alt.sex.wanted
  199. alt.sex.wanted.escorts.ads
  200. alt.sex.watersports
  201. alt.sex.weight-gain
  202. alt.sex.wizards
  203. alt.sex.young
  204. alt.sex.zoophile
  205. alt.sexy.bald.captains
  206. alt.stories.erotic
  207. alt.support.disabled.sexuality
  208. alt.tv.tiny-toon.sex
  209. clari.news.crime.sex
  210. clari.news.gays
  211. clari.news.sex
  212. aus.sex
  213. de.talk.sex
  214. es.alt.sexo
  215. fido.ger.sex
  216. fido.sex-ger
  217. fido7.ru-sex
  218. fido7.ru-sex.adv
  219. fido7.russian-sex
  220. finet.sex
  221. fiod7.other.russian.sex
  222. fiod7.ru.sex
  223. gay-net.behinderte
  224. gay-net.btx-ecke
  225. gay-net.coming-out
  226. gay-net.dfue
  227. gay-net.erotic-stories
  228. gay-net.gruppen.general
  229. gay-net.guide.bundesweit
  230. gay-net.guide.weltweit
  231. gay-net.haushalt
  232. gay-net.international
  233. gay-net.kontakte
  234. gay-net.labern
  235. gay-net.lederecke
  236. gay-net.spiele
  237. gay-net.test
  238. rec.arts.erotica
  239. shamash.gayjews
  240. slo.sex
  241. soc.support.youth.gay-lesbian-bi
  242. t-netz.sex
  243. t-netz.sex-stories
  244. tw.bbs.sci.sex
  245. ucb.erotica.sensual
  246. uw.alt.sex.beastiality
  247. uw.alt.sex.bestiality
  248. uw.alt.sex.bondage
  249. uw.alt.sex.stories
  250. uw.alt.sex.stories.d
  251. zer.t-netz.sex

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Published: 1995-12-28
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