This thought came to me this morning when I got my mail. I subscribe to The Advocate and Out. Today my latest copy of Out showed up with not only an AOL CD in it, but with an AOL ad emblazoned on the plastic bag that the magazine comes in.
A few years ago, when I was on AOL, bashers often came into the gay chat rooms, not being punished generally for their hatefuil attacks. These bashers could even be using script add-ons to allow them to disconnect people from AOL. Yet… even though the attackers who identified as straight were violating the TOS(Terms of Service), rarely, if ever, was anyone removed.
On the other hand, gay people were chastised, and at times lost their accounts for being graphic(which was a highly subjective accusation) in an adults-only chat room, because it violated TOS, and of course: this was a family service.
Now… this is my first hand experience. To back myself up, I have found cites to substantiate my perspective and concerns about AOL:
The story of how AOL worked ith the Navy to out a serviceman:
Anti-Gay Enforcement of TOS:
AOL Chairman donates $8 million to a school that cures gays:
AOL filter blocks gay content:
There are MANY more examples of this.
So, as to add my other question to this would make things murky, I will put my other question in another thread.
My question for this thread is: is AOL still this way towards its gay patrons, and if so… why would they be on it?
I know some will say convienience… you can log-on across the country, yad-da, yad-da, yad-da.
This is not a condemnation to gay people from the SDMB who are on it(like the charming Esprix), and of course I do know that the SDMB used to be on AOL.
With those caveats in place, my questions still stands. Thoughts, ideas, or at least a biscuit perhaps?