MySpace asked for names of registered sex offenders

Attorneys general from eight states want MySpace to turn over the names of potentially thousands of registered sex offenders who may be members of its popular social networking site. In a May 14 letter to MySpace, the attorneys general from Connecticut, Georgia, Idaho, Mississippi, New Hampshire, North Carolina, Ohio, and Pennsylvania said they are "gravely concerned" that sexual predators are using the Web site to lure children to meet them offline. They asked MySpace to tell them how many registered sex offenders they've identified on the site and what the company is doing to remove them.

The officials also want to know what MySpace has done to alert its users who have communicated with the sex offenders as well as what the company has done to alert law enforcement. They gave MySpace until May 29 to respond. The attorneys general said they believe that data from Sentinel Tech Holdings, a company working with MySpace to identify sex offenders, indicates that thousands of sex offenders are MySpace members. "MySpace is a treasure-trove of potential victims for child predators," said North Carolina Attorney General Roy Cooper. "Sex offenders have no business being on this site, and we believe MySpace has a responsibility to get them off the site."

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Registered sex offenders have (or should have) no rights as far as I'm concerned.

But so what? You ban these people off the site, do you really think they won't find another way there? And what about all the people who are potential sex offenders waiting to happen? Besides, MySpace *shudder* is just one haven for these "people", there are many more sites out there.

The solution, really, is education. Adults with half a brain know that MySpace is not a "place for friends" and should understand the potential risks of posting personal information on a website, especially one with no privacy controls like MySpace. Kids need to be taught how to be on the web safely and not to give out information about themselves, especially photos, unless they know the person. Kids also need to have their usage monitored, at least when they're younger.

This kind of measures start fine but soon they will start searching for pirates, politically offensive material and such.


Fire and Flames said,
Dont forget if your 14, had sex with another 14 or a 15 year old, you are labeled a sex offender too.

not if there is consent on both parties, the same way a 18yr old male can have sex with a 17 yrold girl, if there is consecent thats its not a sexual offense...

Netrack said,

not if there is consent on both parties, the same way a 18yr old male can have sex with a 17 yrold girl, if there is consecent thats its not a sexual offense...

Not true. It doesn't matter if it was cosecantual (sp) or not. If you are over 18 and they are younger then 18 it's a sexual offence. There is a kid in prison for having sex with his underage girlfriend right now and people are really upset because he's in prison because of it.

Netrack said,

not if there is consent on both parties, the same way a 18yr old male can have sex with a 17 yrold girl, if there is consecent thats its not a sexual offense...

Um, yes it is. Consent makes no matter, it's still sex with a minor which is illegal

wd40 said,

Not true. It doesn't matter if it was cosecantual (sp) or not. If you are over 18 and they are younger then 18 it's a sexual offence. There is a kid in prison for having sex with his underage girlfriend right now and people are really upset because he's in prison because of it.


That is true in some cases, but sexual consent, in the U.S. anyways, is a state by state issue. World wide, it differs from country to country. In the U.S. AoC can vary anywhere from 16 up to 18 depending on what state you are in.


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(ltworf said @ #6.4)
That is true in some cases, but sexual consent, in the U.S. anyways, is a state by state issue. World wide, it differs from country to country. In the U.S. AoC can vary anywhere from 16 up to 18 depending on what state you are in.

Very true.

My cousin was dating and having sex with a 40 year old man when she 16. Her father beat the hell out of the guy and when it went to court the judge asked if she had concented to sex and she said yes. The case was dropped and her father was brought up on battery charges.

Well, this will be an easy fix. Just turn over the name of anyone who checked the box that asked "Are you a sex offender". Oh, wait, there isn't a box? Hmm, then how do you know. I thought I had an easy solution.

Attorneys general from eight states want MySpace to turn over the names of names of potentially thousands of registered sex offenders who may be members of its popular social networking site

Why would they want their names? Surely they have them already?

Also mrbester has a point.... unless that have been ordered by a judge or court to stay off myspace then they have every right to be on there.

Having said this ...... paedos deserve to die!

Next we'll have a "ban Iraqis" (if that hasn't happened already) as they're all terrorists, right?

The evidence seems to suggest that.

"Sex offenders have no business being on this site, and we believe MySpace has a responsibility to get them off the site."

Err, if they aren't grooming then they have as much right as anybody else to be on the site. Perhaps they have a nice collection of stamps they'd like to share with the world.

Discriminating against any person based on supposition, the inference that as they have been judged guilty of something (even if that judgement was draconian) they're going to continually repeat that act, and a self-aggrandising soapboxing "get me re-elected" stance is surely against the oh-so-beloved First Amendment everybody is so keen to espouse whenever they feel they've been told to STFU.

Next we'll have a "ban Iraqis" (if that hasn't happened already) as they're all terrorists, right?

mrbester said,

Err, if they aren't grooming then they have as much right as anybody else to be on the site. Perhaps they have a nice collection of stamps they'd like to share with the world.

Discriminating against any person based on supposition, the inference that as they have been judged guilty of something (even if that judgement was draconian) they're going to continually repeat that act, and a self-aggrandising soapboxing "get me re-elected" stance is surely against the oh-so-beloved First Amendment everybody is so keen to espouse whenever they feel they've been told to STFU.

Next we'll have a "ban Iraqis" (if that hasn't happened already) as they're all terrorists, right?

You have no rights on a private website...much like here.

Your second paragraph is just one long run-on sentence that makes no sense.

Bad example. All sex offenders have done something to deserve it. States have laws that confine these offenders. Not all Iraqis have done something bad.

I see it the same way... however, the term "sex offender" doesn't just apply to rapists and child molesters. How about those 18 and 19 year olds right out of high school that got caught with their sweethearts and were slapped with a statutory rape suit? I'm pretty sure that those people (who are still just kids themselves) don't have malintent by being members of MySpace. But otherwise, yeah, pedophiles certainly don't need to be snooping around MySpace.