Citing Progress, MySpace Says 90,000 Sex Offenders Blocked From Site
February 03, 2009 at 08:00 AM EST
Responding to a subpoena from Connecticut Attorney General Richard Blumenthal, MySpace today is handing over the names of 90,000 registered sex offenders who have been identified and blocked from the social networking site over the past two years. Kicking sex offenders off the site has been a big priority for MySpace. A year ago, it struck a child protection deal with 49 states, which put in place a series of safety measures such as policing the site for predatory content and removing any known sex offenders. As a result of its efforts, MySpace says that 36 percent fewer registered sex offenders are now trying to become members. The new disclosures come amid claims and counterclaims of just how big a problem sexual predators are on MySpace, and social networks in general.