So I'm new to newsgroups, and I just discovered that my ISP has a newgroup server (is that what it is called?). After downloading Grabit agent, and entering my ISPs news server URL, I suddenly had a huge list of porn/movie/dvds available to me in my list of newsgroups. I couldn't believe it. Why would my ISP allow news from these groups? It seems like they are encouraging illegal file sharing? Its like there is a underground black market file exchange feature built in to my monthly ISP fees.
I've read about the history of newsgroups, it seems to me they are kind of like the grandfather of RSS feeds. So why are they still around running rampant as file sharing groups?