Along with MySpace's rise in popularity has come an increase in the furor that it's a haven for miscreants, predators and pedophiles, and that it's a threat to the children. Of course, most of this criticism is misplaced, but the continual bad press could put a dent in the site, so it's now announced a plan to weed out sexual offenders and kick them off the site. MySpace says it will work with a company to build a database of sex offenders from government records, and somehow search through all its members profiles to look for matches. The problem is, this really doesn't sound like much more than lip service -- after all, the mere presence of sex offenders on MySpace isn't the problem, and if they're kicked off, it seems like they could simply build another profile and start over. This isn't to mention that it's also possible (likely, even) that predators using MySpace might be clever enough to use a fake name, or other false information to evade detection -- making it sound like these searches will be about as good at filtering out the bad stuff as MySpace's music-filtering technology, which never seems to work. Another story details MySpace's other great idea for catching predators: forcing sex offenders to register their email addresses with the government, so that social-networking sites could keep them out. Yeah, that sounds like a really effective plan, as long as you ban sex offenders from using free email services, too.
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