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MySpace vs. Creeps, Cont.

Frank Ahrens

MySpace brass will be in Florida today to tailcoat on a bill the state's governor is introducing: the Cybercrimes Against Children Act, which would beef up the Sunshine State's efforts against online predators.

MySpace, which is owned by Rupert Murdoch's NewsCorp, has been working at the state and organization level in hopes of heading off sweeping federal legislation that could cripple its business.

The Delete Online Predators Act, for instance, introduced last year in Congress, could bar access to MySpace and other social-network sites in school and library computers. The aim of all this legislation is to protect minors from adult miscreants who use the sites to lure children into meeting them.

Such a wide ban would effectively screen off access to MySpace to a huge swath of its important target audience.

To counter such efforts, MySpace has been trying to show it runs a clean playground and takes responsible measures to protect its underage users. MySpace's chief security officer, Hemanshu Nigam, who will be in Florida today, met with the editorial board of The Washington Post recently to make the company's case.

By Frank Ahrens  |  February 7, 2007; 11:09 AM ET  | Category:  Frank Ahrens
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