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Press ReleaseAnti-Semitism-USA
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ANTI-SEMITISM DETOURED ON THE INFORMATION SUPERHIGHWAY

New York, NY, February 24...Anti-Semitic messages no longer have a free ride on Prodigy's information superhighway, the company has assured the Anti-Defamation League (ADL).

Jeffrey P. Sinensky, director of the League's Civil Rights Division, recently lodged a complaint with the computer online service regarding two messages on Prodigy bulletin boards which charged that ADL and Jews in general were responsible for the shootout at the Waco compound of the Branch Davidians, as well as the assassination of President Kennedy. Sinensky was delighted when he received a prompt response from Prodigy president, Ross Slatzer, which said in part:

"You'll be pleased to know that the individual was reported to us by our members. In addition to removing the note, the individual was warned and subsequently suspended from using the boards. Any further infractions will result in immediate account termination."

ADL focused national attention in 1991 on the growing use of online bulletin boards by Holocaust deniers and bigots. After an exchange of letters between ADL and Prodigy and a barrage of publicity, the firm amplified its guidelines concerning bulletin board messages to include blatant expressions of bigotry, racism and hate in its definition of what is "grossly repugnant."

Sinensky said, "We are very pleased with the company's sensitivity and good judgment in implementing and enforcing their prohibition of statements that are grossly repugnant to community standards." He said ADL has received considerable fewer complaints regarding bigoted messages on Prodigy bulletin boards since the firm clarified its guidelines.

The Anti-Defamation League, founded in 1913, is the world's leading organization fighting anti-Semitism through programs and services that counteract hatred, prejudice and bigotry.



 
 
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