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AOL's fight against spammers

An article in Network+ (Bytes, 6 January) quotes a representative of a company involved with bulk E-mailing as saying, "When you log on to AOL, a large window pops up with advertisements..." and "AOL is blocking bulk e-mail because it wants the advertising revenues for itself".

I want, first of all, to let everybody know that this is not true. I am not sticking up for AOL but think everyone should know that these spammers are the criminals, not the victims. Nobody I know wants unsolicited e- mail, and AOL does us a favour by blocking it. I have never seen an advert on AOL, let alone on the main page. The freedom of the Internet is at stake here.

Daniel Johnson

lmailles@aol.com

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