Yahoo Ordered to Filter Websites

Yahoo Inc. must find a way to prevent its users in France from linking to Web sites that sell Nazi memorabilia, a French judge ordered last week.

Yahoo has three months to come up with some sort of filter that, for users living in France, will disable links that take users from its main English language site to Web sites selling Nazi materials, such as books, daggers, uniforms, and badges.

If Yahoo cannot keep users in France away from the Nazi auction sites, the Internet company will be fined $13,000 a day for each day it does not limit access, Judge Jean-Jacques Gomez ruled, according to published reports. The International League Against Racism and Anti-Semitism and the Union of French Jewish Students brought the complaint against Yahoo.

Yahoo does not provide access to auctions with Nazi memorabilia at its French site, But French citizens can go to the U.S. site to find links to sites that hold Nazi memorabilia auctions.

Yahoo has said it is following U.S. law that would prohibit blocking access to sites that sell Nazi memorabilia on the constitutional grounds of freedom of speech.

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