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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 acase on 2/4/2009 10:49:44 AM , Rating: 2
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Yes. I don't want a former sexual offender working in school that my kids attend, nor do I want them living in my neighborhood where my children play.


I would think someone as overly-paranoid as you would have maybe spent some time talking to your children about what to do in certain situations, or at least keep an eye on them when they are playing in your front yard. Maybe you are just too busy making foil hats and posting rediculous claims online. Anyways, if there was a "sexual predator" living in your neighborhood he would be required by law to let you now about it and you could tell your little (overprotected and not ready for any challenges in their life) children to stay away from him.


RE: Hm, not to fond of this...
By mdogs444 on 2/4/2009 11:03:37 AM , Rating: 1
I'm overly paranoid because I don't trust someone who has already committed sexual acts against children?

I bet you were one of those sickos that got caught on dateline, and are now trying to gain social acceptance.


RE: Hm, not to fond of this...
By tastyratz on 2/4/2009 1:17:20 PM , Rating: 2
There you go generalizing an overly broad group with those of the extreme end to validate your point
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Your overly paranoid because you think everyone tagged a sexual offender is a child molester.

Its like dealing with someones super religious mom who thinks all of her sons friends are "devil worshipers" because they listen to that "rock and roll noise"

That exact arrogant mentality is precisely whats destroying the american legal system right now law by law.


RE: Hm, not to fond of this...
By mdogs444 on 2/4/2009 1:37:56 PM , Rating: 1
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There you go generalizing an overly broad group with those of the extreme end to validate your point . Your overly paranoid because you think everyone tagged a sexual offender is a child molester.

No, i believe than anyone who has committed a sexual crime, regardless of how bad or the age of the person violated, has the potential to not only do it again, but to also do something even worse.
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Its like dealing with someones super religious mom who thinks all of her sons friends are "devil worshipers" because they listen to that "rock and roll noise"

No its not, in that case you cited you are trying to label someone because you dont agree with their opinions or freedoms. In the case of sexual offenders, the case is clear. They have violated the law, and are already found guilty. Your attempt to push a nonsensical comparison is laughable at best.
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That exact arrogant mentality is precisely whats destroying the american legal system right now law by law.

Im arrogant because I dont trust sexual offenders, and dont find them socially acceptable? Perhaps its not my American arrogance that is the problem. Perhaps the real problem is you social liberal types who try to find social acceptance for people in which the masses dont want anywhere near them.


RE: Hm, not to fond of this...
By tastyratz on 2/4/2009 2:07:57 PM , Rating: 2
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No, i believe than anyone who has committed a sexual crime, regardless of how bad or the age of the person violated, has the potential to not only do it again, but to also do something even worse.


Case studies have proven that sexual crimes against minors when performed by adults are indeed not truly sexual in nature. This is evident by the less than stellar success rate of neutering child offenders.

An adult who commits a sexual act on a child probably has a subconscious mental issue. An adult who commits a sexual act on another adult is usually very horny and cant control their inhibitions. Its almost a completely different class of criminal.

Comparing the 2 is like comparing a music pirater to someone who holds up a record store with a gun. Both involve music theft but its hardly a case of escalation or similar mentalities.

Your not arrogant because you detest sexual crimes, your arrogant because you refuse to acknowledge the many different tiers of offenses with granularity.

Scenario: Give the case file to a group of peers for 2 different cases. Case 1 is someone convicted of being a repeat child molester and rapist in a horrific nature. Case 2. 18 year old in college who had too much to drink at a frat party and indecently grabbed a passing girl.

I would bet my life savings you would get 2 starkly different results when giving those people a questioneer on their thoughts.

Why is there a definition for 3rd degree murder, and not 3rd degree sexual offenses?

I am not advocating liberty for those who would classify as a third degree offender, I am advocating recognition of severity for the people who don't deserve a lifelong penal system hazing by generic labeling.

I suppose you could just say I disagree with your view on the similarities between the 2.


RE: Hm, not to fond of this...
By mdogs444 on 2/4/2009 2:16:49 PM , Rating: 2
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Case studies have proven that sexual crimes against minors when performed by adults are indeed not truly sexual in nature.

Whether they are sexual in nature is besides the point. The bottom line is they violated a minor in a way that is not socially acceptable, and that person is no longer trustworth (as far as I am concerned) with being around any children, especially ones who cannot protect themselves against him/her.
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An adult who commits a sexual act on a child probably has a subconscious mental issue.

Again, I dont care WHY it happened. I'm all for making laws and punishments to assure that it doesn't happen again.
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An adult who commits a sexual act on another adult is usually very horny and cant control their inhibitions.

No, it means that the particular person has violated the liberties and freedoms of someone else against their will, plain and simple.
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I am advocating recognition of severity for the people who don't deserve a lifelong penal system hazing by generic labeling.

I never said I was against different severity levels, as far as labeling is concerned. But forgive me if I choose to act like it didnt happen and accept them as my next door neighbor who I trust around my children.
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I would bet my life savings you would get 2 starkly different results when giving those people a questioneer on their thoughts.

I'm sure you would. I won't argue that. But whether he was drunk or not is not a valid excuse for violating someone else. Granted a swift pat on the cheek is not the same as forcing himself upon her against her will, the fact is that he violated her in a way that he has no right doing, and if she feels threatened or insecure now because of him, I don't see anything wrong with making him live up to what he did.

In conclusion, I said I'm all for different severity levels, but I refuse to accept that removing the tag and acting like it didn't happen, and now making him socially acceptable because he's "sorry". Oops, should have thought of that before he did it.


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