Friday, February 6, 2009
Sex offenders have long been known to lurk on social networking sites like MySpace, and recent estimates by the North Carolina Attorney General put the number at about 29,000.
After a subpoena by Connecticut Attorney General Richard Blumenthal, MySpace successfully identified 90,000 sex offenders - a staggering number. They immediately terminated the accounts and have begun implementing procedures to keep the numbers down.
Blumenthal said, “That these convicted, registered sex offenders are creating profiles under their own names unmasks MySpace’s monstrously inadequate countermeasures."
Age verification, restrictions against older users searching for minors on MySpace, an an outright ban on sex offenders registering for accounts in the first place are among the measures being taken to stop predators.