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Wednesday, May 16, 2007

MySpace Says It Won't Comply With Request To Hand Over Info About Sex Offenders

NewsCorp's MySpace, the popular networking site, has told attorneys general in eight states that federal and state laws forbid it to turn over information about sex offenders that might be using its site, but it says it has been removing such users for nearly two weeks. Read more here.  MySpace and other social networking sites have been under fire for some time because of "meet-ups" between underage users and sex offenders that some claim are facilitated by the site. In response, MySpace has instituted a policy of prohibiting those younger than 14 from using the site. In February, a federal judge tossed out a lawsuit against MySpace for failure to protect a young MySpace user from assault by another user, saying, "If anyone had a duty to protect Julie Doe, it was her parents, not MySpace." Read more here.

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