Social Network MySpace has come to an agreement with 49 states and the District of Columbia to add vast and aggressive measures to fight against the infestation of sexual predators and other malicious use of the site, reports the WSJ.com.
The site will include online protections and take part in a working group to develop age-verification as well as other precautionary technologies which will be open to other social networks’ participation, the report continues.
The announcement was made today in New York City by attorney generals from New Jersey, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, New York, Connecticut and Ohio. The work by these officials is in an effort to prevent sexual predators from using these sites as a means to connect with children.
MySpace CSO Hemanshu Nigam stated in a press release that “We thank the Attorneys General for a thoughtful and conversation on Internet safety. This is an industry-wide challenge and we must all work together to create a safer Internet.”
Some of the measurements highlighted in the article that MySpace has agreed to include: making the default setting “private” for 16 and 17-year-old users to prevent unknown viewers; allowing parents to submit a child’s email addresses to MySpace to avoid the misuse of the addresses to set up profiles; and the creation of a high school section for users under 18 amongst other measures.
New York investigators claimed to have set up Facebook profiles as 12-14-year olds and found that they were soon contacted by users looking for sex.
A larger, multistate investigation, which was announced last year, is focused on creating preventative measures to remove pornography, and protect minors according to the report.