Online forums where thousands of child-porn images have been posted have been stricken from three internet providers, including two of the nation’s five largest, the Associated Press reports. Verizon, Time Warner Cable, and Sprint agreed with New York Attorney General Andrew Cuomo to block access to child pornography disseminated through newsgroups and user groups, a hard-to-regulate sector of the internet designed to bring together users with similar interests. With the agreement announced June 10, Cuomo skipped over the untold number of individual users accessing child porn and went to the portals that–unwittingly, they all say–provided the route to sharing the illegal obsession. Cuomo said the service providers have blocked child pornography found in 88 newsgroups by his investigators. Newsgroups, a mainstay of the internet from its early days, are essentially online message boards in which users can post text and files in any of thousands of categories. The companies also agreed to eliminate the material from their servers and will pay $1.125 million to help fund efforts to remove child porn from the internet…

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