MySpace: 90,000 sex offenders removed from site

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by Associated Press

WHAS11.com

Posted on February 3, 2009 at 7:50 PM

Updated Thursday, Oct 15 at 1:20 PM

RALEIGH, N.C. - MySpace officials say about 90,000 sex offenders have been identified and removed from its huge online social networking Web site.

North Carolina Attorney General Roy Cooper said Tuesday the new figure is nearly double what MySpace officials originally acknowledged last year when detailing who had used their site.

Cooper and Connecticut Attorney General Richard Blumenthal have led the charge seeking efforts to make social networking Web sites safer. MySpace officials sent the numbers to Blumenthal's office Tuesday.

Last year, the attorneys general received agreements from MySpace and rival online networking site Facebook to push toward making their sites safer for young users. Both implemented dozens of safeguards, including limiting how older users can search members under 18.

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