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90,000 Sex Offenders on its Site, Says MySpace



February 4, 2009 By

"Today's news from MySpace casts doubt on parts of a recent report by a Task Force charged with finding and developing technologies to make social networks safer." -- North Carolina Attorney General Roy Cooper

North Carolina Attorney General Roy Cooper said today that MySpace revealed that it has found approximately 90,000 registered sex offenders on its social networking Web site. That total includes 40,000 more offenders than the company previously acknowledged it had found on its site.

"Today's news from MySpace casts doubt on parts of a recent report by a Task Force charged with finding and developing technologies to make social networks safer," said Cooper in a release. Cooper, Blumenthal and other attorneys general criticized the report for using outdated research that predates the emergence of social networking sites and for minimizing law enforcement reports that child predators are using these sites to find their victims.

For more than three years, Cooper and Connecticut Attorney General Richard Blumenthal have led a group of attorneys general who are pushing to make social networks safer, winning landmark national agreements with MySpace and Facebook in 2008.

Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott -- who said he did not join the Task Force report -- said the report and media stories based on it mislead parents to ignore some of the real dangers on social networking sites.


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Tom Cornell    |    Commented February 5, 2009

Sex offenders are not the biggest problem of our time. Let's not be distracted by an emotional issue when our fearless leaders are disarming the citizens, giving away our money to their business buddies, and generally usurping government power. It doesn't tug at the heartstrings like the buzzword "sex offender" but the results are felt by far more people and are more profound.

Tom Cornell    |    Commented February 5, 2009

Sex offenders are not the biggest problem of our time. Let's not be distracted by an emotional issue when our fearless leaders are disarming the citizens, giving away our money to their business buddies, and generally usurping government power. It doesn't tug at the heartstrings like the buzzword "sex offender" but the results are felt by far more people and are more profound.

Tom Cornell    |    Commented February 5, 2009

Sex offenders are not the biggest problem of our time. Let's not be distracted by an emotional issue when our fearless leaders are disarming the citizens, giving away our money to their business buddies, and generally usurping government power. It doesn't tug at the heartstrings like the buzzword "sex offender" but the results are felt by far more people and are more profound.

Anonymous    |    Commented February 6, 2009

I'm a little surprised to see the comment that "sex offenders are not the biggest problem of our time." We do have a crisis in our government, no doubt, but it seems kind of ignorant to brush off the problems caused in the lives of those who have been sexually abused. I don't quite know how that comment even balances against some pervert molesting an innocent child who doesn't know how to or is unable to prevent it. Some get past it, some don't deal with it as well.

Anonymous    |    Commented February 6, 2009

I'm a little surprised to see the comment that "sex offenders are not the biggest problem of our time." We do have a crisis in our government, no doubt, but it seems kind of ignorant to brush off the problems caused in the lives of those who have been sexually abused. I don't quite know how that comment even balances against some pervert molesting an innocent child who doesn't know how to or is unable to prevent it. Some get past it, some don't deal with it as well.

Anonymous    |    Commented February 6, 2009

I'm a little surprised to see the comment that "sex offenders are not the biggest problem of our time." We do have a crisis in our government, no doubt, but it seems kind of ignorant to brush off the problems caused in the lives of those who have been sexually abused. I don't quite know how that comment even balances against some pervert molesting an innocent child who doesn't know how to or is unable to prevent it. Some get past it, some don't deal with it as well.


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