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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 psychobriggsy on 2/4/2009 10:40:34 AM , Rating: 2
Convicted, tried, punished, did his time (both punishment and rehabilitation) presumably. Hopefully a decent amount of time for the crime of course.

I don't know why anyone would go out with him afterwards once they found out, but that is her choice, and women and logic rarely meet. Hell, at least he said what he did!

In the eyes of the law, a sex offender is someone labelled "sex offender", whether or not they committed what a reasonable person would call a sex offence to get that label. Because these labelling schemes were a knee-jerk reaction they weren't clearly thought out in the first place and this is why you see stories all the time about people doing perfectly normal things as teenagers and getting slammed hard for life for doing it.

RE: Hm, not to fond of this...
By Crysalis99 on 2/4/2009 12:09:29 PM , Rating: 2
Heh, it is a minimum of one year with good behavior and a max of 8. I really couldnt tell you whats happening as far as that goes. Personally, and I know I have been flamed for saying such things before, but this guy should be executed. He should be tortured with x number hours of butt rape, castration and then executed for what he has done.

He never admitted it though. He claimed he couldnt remember doing it or anything but apparently the evidence was there to find him guilty.

Yeah, I spent so much time trying to force her away from this guy, let alone being in jail for that he is just a manipulative, controlling bastard. She is so wrapped around his finger it is'nt even funny. Women, us men will never understand thier version of 'logic'.

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