It follows allegations that paedophiles are using the virtual hotel to groom youngsters for sex. A two-month Channel 4 investigation revealed that explicit sex chats were common within minutes of logging on to the service.
The decision to suspend chat has angered Habbos, as users of the hotel are known. All chat on the service - which has million users - has been suspended, the firm announced last night.
Speaking in a Any jocks need head post on parent site Sulakechief executive Paul LaFontaine said that the firm "was reviewing the long-term plans for the Habbo community". Habbo claims that it tracks 70 million lines of conversation daily and employs more than moderators. Spotting paedophiles Many felt the move to mute conversations was unnecessary.
One tweeted: "Habbo Hotel has always been full of paedophiles. Avoiding them was part of the game. In the game, players, using avatars, move from room to room, chat to other users and furnish their rooms using credits.
Posing as an year-old girl, a Channel 4 News producer said she had witnessed "very sexual, perverse, violent, pornographic" chats. Rachel Seifert spent two months on Habbo and said after she took part in online chats, she had quickly found herself in the middle of conversations Sweet woman want hot sex Montgomery extremely explicit sexual nature. John Carr, a consultant on child internet safety acknowledged that some children will know how to use online services.
Last year, paedophile Matthew Leonard was sentenced to seven years after admitting grooming young girls he had met via Habbo. A spokesman for children's charity Childnet told the BBC: "The message from us is that children need to know how to stay safe. While Moshi Monsters, another child-friendly social network, bans private messaging. Woman want casual sex Athens