There’s something odd with Tuesday’s NYT story. Eight state Attorneys General are upset with MySpace’s failure to go after convicted sex offenders using its service. The AGs:
said the company had not done enough to block sexual predators from the service and had failed to cooperate with the authorities…Officials did not say what actions they would take if MySpace failed to respond adequately by May 29. Mr. Blumenthal said only that all 50 states were behind the letter and that “appropriate actions” against the company were being considered.
The AG complaints contradicts what I have heard privately from a friend in law enforcement, who has told me that MySpace is easy to work with. Donna Rice Huges (yes, that Donna Rice) agrees:
“I haven’t seen in my 12 years of working on these kinds of issues a company jump through as many hoops and respond as quickly and diligently as MySpace,” said Donna Rice Hughes, president of Enough Is Enough, an Internet safety organization.
So is MySpace a bad actor– or might or the AGs be living up to their “Aspiring Governors” tag?
Elsewhere in the “MySpace is dangerous” meme, the Pentagon announced Monday that it would block MySpace and other social networking sites from computers on its network. Good luck.