Tuesday, December 12, 2006
In a move no doubt motivated, at least in part, by litigation concerns, MySpace announced a new effort to find and remove sex offenders from its ranks of users:
MySpace is partnering with Sentinel Tech Holding Corp. to build and deploy within 30 days a database that will contain the names and physical descriptions of convicted sex offenders in the United States. An automated system will search for matches between the database and MySpace user profiles. Employees will then delete any profiles that match.
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The News Corp. site, however, won’t be using Sentinel’s technology to verify the ages and identities of users to ensure they’re not adults posing as teens — a change urged by many lawmakers and law-enforcement officials.
Cardillo said his service would be ineffective for such a purpose given the site’s large teen population. Children don’t have public records the same way adults do, he said, so the technology can’t rule out whether an adult is posing as a teen online.
I've written a fair amount about lawsuits against MySpace.