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MySpace: Celebrity Lists, No; Sex Offenders, Yes

Posted on May 23, 2007 in Celebrity Justice, Internet/Technology, National Issues

Odds are, you or someone you know has a MySpace page.   Every 2008 Presidential Candidate doesParis Hilton does.  Heck, even Kevin Federline does. MySpace doesn't provide a list of celebrity pages, confirmed to be authentic.  Some bloggers are doing that: check out RandomCrapOnline.Com (gotta love that name) and Bumpshack.Com.   (The New York Times is keeping track of the presidential candidates.) However, MySpace has compiled a list of over 7000 registered sex offenders with pages on its site, and removed all their MySpace pages.  Beginning this week, MySpace is releasing this information to the different states, giving state authorities a list of offenders for their area who were using the MySpace "social networking" site.   On Tuesday, for example, Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan received a list of 584 names from MySpace. Working with Sentinel Tech Holding Corporation, MySpace culled its 18,000,000+ sites to build a database containing information on registered sex offenders.  Once the various state attorneys general issued subpoenas conforming with the Electronic Communications Privacy Act, MySpace is legally required to give each state rep its compilation for that state. In this effort, MySpace is working with the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children in fighting against registered sex offenders using the web for predatory purposes.  The Center's studies show that there is a 70% chance that someone between 10-17 years old will be sexually solicited and/or approached while online. What should you do if you think that someone is soliciting or generally being creepy in a sexual way online?  Report it.  It's a crime.  Don't be used.  Trust your gut. Report it to your local police.  And, report it to the CyberTipLine.Com or call 1-800-the-Lost. For more information: Wired.Com National Center for Missing and Exploited Children

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