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Sex offenders on MySpace

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MySpace has identified and purged more than 29,000 sex offenders who had posted their profiles on the popular online networking site. Authorities in several states had demanded that MySpace identify registered sex offenders on its site, pointing to more than 100 cases in which adults had preyed on children they’d first encountered on MySpace. After initially refusing, citing privacy rules, MySpace officials said in May they had found 7,000 profiles posted by sex offenders. Site officials would not explain why the count had increased to 29,000 since then, saying only that they hoped other networking sites would follow MySpace’s example.

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