MySpace's Itchy Trigger Finger On Deleting Suspected Sex Offenders
from the whoops dept
With politicians breathing down MySpace's neck over the fact that some sex offenders might possibly be able to use MySpace (whether or not they're using it to commit a crime), MySpace has been very proactive in deleting profiles. A little too proactive apparently. It appears that some non-sex offenders are losing their accounts, and MySpace isn't being particularly helpful in re-establishing them -- claiming that they don't even bother to keep a copy of deleted accounts. This raises a variety of questions. First of all, MySpace can do whatever it wants in kicking people out -- so there's no legal issue here. But it does raise questions about how effective this whole witch hunt really is. People who actually plan to use MySpace for illegal purposes are most likely going to come up with some way of signing into the system without revealing who they really are. Meanwhile, simply kicking these people off of MySpace means that the ones who actually are predators will simply go somewhere else to prey, rather than being watched by authorities. It's hard to see how that helps anyone.