MySpace removes 29,000 sex offenders

Written by Phil Cogar

July 26, 2007 | 09:30

Tags: #paedophile

Companies: #myspace #news-corp

On Tuesday, the News Corp owned company MySpace announced the detection and removal of the largest amount of sexual offender profiles yet after growing concerns from parents and the media called for tighter access to the popular social networking site.

Several Attorney Generals from various states have been putting pressure on MySpace to verify user's ages and obtain parental permission from the parents of minors since Wired revealed that it was possible to use code to search and find sexual offenders registered on the site last year.

The minimum age required to register on MySpace is 14, but that can easily be avoided by users lying about their age since there are no age verification checks in place.

While this is a good step to help keep a safe environment for children online, it is still not a substitute for good, old fashioned, parental observation. Many of the removed offenders may just create a new profile under a different name as it's very easy to do with no identification checks in place.

Do you feel slightly better about letting your children surf the web unsupervised, or does this not help you feel safer at all? Discuss it in the forums or in the comments below and let us know how you feel.
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