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MySpace and Facebook have been forced to clean house

MySpace has banned 90,000 sexual predators from its social networking web site, and has turned the names over to two different attorneys general offices, company officials recently announced.

The total number of 90,000 is twice as many as MySpace officials believed it had removed in 2008, with North Carolina Attorney General Roy Cooper and Connecticut Attorney General Richard Blumenthal leading the charge.

"Almost 100,000 convicted sex offenders mixing with children on MySpace -- shown by our subpoena -- is absolutely appalling and totally unacceptable," Blumenthal said in a statement issued to the press.  "For every one of them, there may be hundreds of others using false names and ages."

MySpace competitor Facebook, which is the No. 1 social networking web site in the world, have a combined 280 million users -- and the U.S. government wants both sites to do a better job of protecting children and teenagers from sexual predators.

Last year, both companies agreed to work with lawmakers to create security standards to help protect young people from online predators, after parents and politicians said the sites weren't doing enough.

"We've been working productively with Attorney General Blumenthal's office for more than three years on these issues," Facebook chief privacy officer Chris Kelly said in a published statement.  "They recently let us know that they are planning to send an updated subpoena."

Now that MySpace is done kicking 90,000 sexual predators off the internet, Facebook is expected to announce how many people it has removed sometime in the near future.

After the KIDS Act of 2007 was signed into law in 2008, all registered sex offenders must now submit real e-mail and instant messaging account information to the national sex offender registry.  This is done so sites such as MySpace and Facebook are able to better track sexual offenders.

It's unknown how many registered sex offenders use social networking web sites with false identities, so this ultimately is just the tip of the iceberg.



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RE: Hm, not to fond of this...
By tastyratz on 2/4/2009 8:48:53 AM , Rating: 4
On that same plane why stop there? Why not give every crime the death penalty or life in prison?
Why not ban murderers from myspace in case they go there to kill again? What about theives in case they want to find someone with something to steal? drunk and disorderlies? perjurers? Where is the line drawn?

People deserve justice - and I am probably thinking on a similar level to you when I say an "eye for an eye" system is closer to justice than what we have now... but every crime is unique and should be treated as such. When you start infringing on the civil liberties of others in such a broad manner it's not likely to stop there. Without any form of restrictions and discrimination these kinds of things can be playing with fire for EVERYONE'S liberties.
These are not punishments deemed by a jury of someones peers, they are government restrictions. Call me Orwellian if you will but I take a cautious side first.


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