CompuServe blocks 200 sites

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CompuServe Thursday suspended access to more than 200 Internet newsgroups at the request of the German prosecutor's office, which had deemed the newsgroups illegal either for their violent content or content inappropriate for minors. CompuServe offers users multiple browsers for the Internet, and removed the newsgroups, or sites, from its indexes. The suspensions are indefinite. Among the 200 sites are games including Wolfenstein, which features Nazi imagery and swastikas, and Doom, which the office considered "a violent game." "If we could have limited access in just Germany we would have done that," a CompuServe spokesman said. "They object to content which may not be available in Germany, and the servers are here."

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