CompuServe sets Internet content rating plan

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CompuServe said it would make all of its Internet content compliant with standards formulated by the Platform for Internet Content Selection by July 1. The company also will encourage its outside content providers to use a rating system from the Recreational Software Advisory Council on the Internet.

PICS is an open standard supported by most of the major Internet companies. It gives consumers the ability to filter out certain content. RSACi is a ratings system that individual Web site owners can use to rate their site for sexual, violent or offensive content.

The action comes one day before closing arguments in a Philadelphia court challenge to the Communications Decency Act, which makes it illegal to distribute content deemed "indecent."

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