MySpace, Murdoch's rules

Written by Wil Harris

April 4, 2006 | 11:58

Tags: #age #censor #censorship #content #objectionable #profiles #rupert-murdoch

Companies: #google #myspace, the massively popular social networking portal, has updated its terms and conditions to make sure that 'inappropriate' content on the site is kept to a minimum.

The terms aren't designed to 'censor' legitimate content, but they do mean that hate speech, harassment as well as some, er, 'intimate' content is kept off the site. Over the last couple of months, over 200,000 profiles have been removed from the millions of users on the site. Lying about your age will also get you an automatic kick off the system.

The crackdown comes over worries that MySpace is a dangerous place for kids and teenagers to hang out on, as well as revelations that 'personal' profiles are increasingly being used for work purposes - with bosses Googling potential new employees and finding incriminating photos on the website.

How to keep certain users - like kids - from getting at inappropriate content (or rather, preventing inappropriate content from getting at kids) is increasingly becoming a problem for the net in general, with things like the .xxx domain still under debate.

MySpace is owned by Rupert Murdoch, the media magnate, who bought the website for $850m last year.

Do you use MySpace? What are your experiences? Let us know what you think over in the forum.
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