The social networking giant MySpace has recognized and removed as many as 90,000 sex offenders from its website over the past couple of years, which is almost twice the count estimated by the website previously.
The overwhelming count was unveiled by a Los Angeles-based firm, after US law enforcement executives issued a subpoena so as to mine the required information.
The effort has been taken up by the North Carolina’s Attorney General Roy Cooper and Connecticut’s Attorney General Richard Blumenthal in a bid to assure safer online social networking, and the duo revealed that the count of the sex offenders booted by MySpace rose by 40,000 as compared to last year.
In addition, the duo condemned social networking platforms for being soft towards protecting children and teenagers from sex offenders across their websites.
Along the same line, Blumenthal said in a statement, “Almost 100,000 convicted sex offenders mixing with children on MySpace - shown by our subpoena - is absolutely appalling and totally unacceptable. For every one of them, there may be hundreds of others using false names and ages”.
Previously, the duo had got Facebook and MySpace to employ a bunch of guidelines to safeguard minors from the sexual predators lurking over social networking websites.
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Glad to see that Myspace removed the sex offenders from its popular social networking website. But it is a frightening thought to see that nearly 100,000 sex offenders were caught in one year. Facebook has not released any similar numbers but it is likely to be just as high. It is not know whether Myspace applies the same delisting process to overseas accounts.
(The New York Times)