MySpace Agrees to New Measures on Child Predators in 45 States - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

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MySpace Agrees to New Measures on Child Predators in 45 States

MySpace.com is planning a major overhaul to its site in an effort to combat sexual predators. An official says the social networking site has reached an agreement with 45 states to include online protections and develop age-verification technology.

The official also says the site is willing to accept independent monitoring and changes in the way the site is structured. Attorney generals from several states have been pushing for greater controls on the popular online networking sites, to prevent sexual predators from being able to contact children.

However, Attorney General Greg Abbott says Texas was unable to join in the joint statement.

Abbott says, "We appreciate MySpace.com's willingness to work cooperatively with our Cyber Crimes Unit, we believe that social networking sites, including MySpace.com, do not adequately protect young users."

"The remedial measures delinineated in the joint statement constitute a starting point rather than a point of conclusion," added Abbott. "We do not believe that MySpace.com or - any other social networking site - can adequately protect minors until an age verification system is effectively developed and implemented."

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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