MySpace erases 29,000 sex offenders
MySpace yesterday announced it had "detected and deleted" 29,000 convicted sex offenders on the social networking site, Reuters reports.
The figure is considerably higher than the 7,000 it said it had identified back in May, after coming under strong pressure to tackle the sex offender menace. A coalition of Attorneys General led by Connecticut AG Richard Blumenthal demanded it do more to protect minors and hand over details of known miscreants.
Following a stand-off during which the News Corporation-owned company refused to supply the requested information "because law enforcement officials hadn't followed the required legal process", MySpace eventually agreed to cough "the names, email addresses, and IP addresses of all convicted sex offenders who have set up a profile on the site".
MySpace chief security officer Hemanshu Nigam announced: "We're pleased that we've successfully identified and removed registered sex offenders from our site and hope that other social networking sites follow our lead."
Blumenthal said: "The exploding epidemic of sex offender profiles on MySpace - 29,000 and counting - screams for action."
Said action should include adequate verification of members' age, with parental consent for minors, other state AGs have said. The current minumum age for joining MySpace is 14. The site last December inked a deal with online identity verification outfit Sentinel Tech Holdings, whose "Sentinel Safe" collates information from public databases of registered sex offenders and cross-references it against MySpace members. ®
why dont they delete all the 18< year olds who are obviously too dumb to practice internet safety? they obviously dont deserve the internet....
RE: You'll change your tune when you find out what it takes...
Quote: Here's a good one for you: In Florida, exposing one's genitals in proximity to a child is a "sex crime." So the father driving home on the interstate late at night who stops to take a leak on the side of the road while his kid is asleep in the passenger's seat is now a "registered sex offender."
Hmm, I once went to Wet'n'Wild in Florida - I guess the German family who showered naked in the Mens' should have been all arrested. I knew about American sensibilities so I kept my kit on.
You Brits have a great word for this kind of nonsense:
Ah... Nearly right.
It's, "Bollocks". A Bullock is a gelded/castrated bull. But having pointed that out I can see why it might come to mind in a conversation covering actions taken against sex offenders.