MySpace … and you were waiting for what exactly?
MySpace.com, who has recently come under attack for its younger member falling victim to adult sex predators posing as minors, has deleted 29,000 accounts. MySpace detected and deleted 29,000 convicted sex offenders on its service. 29,000!!! This represents a number that is 4 x’s the original amount of 7,000 that MySpace had initially stated. MySpace needs to police itself better if they wish to be a social networking community. The combination of age requirement, social networking and the internet make it a breeding ground for sex predators.
“The exploding epidemic of sex offender profiles on MySpace — 29,000 and counting — screams for action,” Connecticut Attorney General Richard Blumenthal said in a statement.
Blumenthal, who led a coalition of state authorities to lobby MySpace for more stringent safeguards for minors, and other state AGs have demanded the service begin verifying a user’s age and require parental permission for minors.
The minimum age to register on MySpace is 14. (Reuters)
MySpace.com has found more than 29,000 registered sex offenders with profiles on the popular social networking Web site
“I’m absolutely astonished and appalled because the number has grown so exponentially over so short of time with no explanation,” said Connecticut Attorney General Richard Blumenthal, who also had pressed the company earlier for sex offender data. (ABC News)