Facebook, the popular social networking site for teens and college students, was subpoenaed by New York Attorney Andrew Cuomo on Monday. Facebook is the target of an investigation into allegations of solicitation of minors by sexual predators on the site.
This subpoena comes after Connecticut Attorney General Richard Blumenthal and North Carolina Attorney General Roy Cooper announced they were leading investigations into the site. Cuomo issued subpoenas to Facebook seeking complaints received by Facebook on solicitations of underage users and inappropriate content on the site.
USA Today quotes Cuomo as saying, “My office is concerned that Facebook's promise of a safe website is not consistent with its performance in policing its site and responding to complaints, Parents have a right to know what their children will encounter on a website that is aggressively marketed as safe."
Cuomo told USA Today that over the last month undercover agents posing as underage users were solicited by adult sexual predators and users were easily able access adult videos and images. Facebooks biggest rival, MySpace, had similar problems with sexual predators using the website to solicit minors. Cuomo says investigators contacted Facebook posing as parents of underage children, who were solicited by adults on the site. The complaints were often ignored, but in a few instances Facebook did remove inappropriate content. This isn't the first time Facebook has faced legal troubles, Facebook was in court to defend itself against allegations that Facebook founders stole the idea for the site from a previous venture they were involved in.