8 Attorneys General Wanted Sex Offender Information From MyspacePosted: Updated:
KENNEWICK, Wash. - Eight Attorneys General want the names of registered sex offenders from Myspace.com.
Attorneys General from North Carolina, Connecticut, Georgia, Idaho, Mississippi, New Hampshire, Ohio, and Pennsylvania signed a letter asking Myspace to provide information on how many sex offenders are using the site.
Since December, Myspace, the popular online social network, has reportedly been working with Sentinel Tech Holdings, a leader in online identity and background verification, to track the names of registered sex offenders who are members on Myspace.
The Attorneys General want the names of the sex offenders that the group has located.
Washington Attorney General Rob McKenna said he did not sign this letter because he was not asked to, however he agreed with his colleagues. He said Myspace Officials needs to do more to protect children from online predators.
McKenna said it is too easy for a sex offender to pose as a minor. He said, "Frequently the sex offender will pose as a teenager himself in order to build trust. We need to eliminate sex offenders from these sites that are frequented by children. "
McKenna said sex offenders have used the site to lure children. In the letter sent to Myspace, the Attorneys General ask for the names of the sex offenders and where they live. They also want to know how Myspace has warned users about sex offenders and remove their profiles.
McKenna thinks children should have permission to become a member on Myspace. Currently you must be 14 to sign up on Myspace. Myspace has a policy to report inappropriate behavior on the site.
Phone messages left with Myspace were not immediately answered by KNDU.