Monday, May 19, 2008

Congress May Clamp Down On MySpace

From 2006:

Congress is proposing new legislation that would block instant messaging services and access to social-networking sites like MySpace and Facebook in schools and libraries.

The bill being called “The Deleting Online Predators Act” was introduced by Rep. Michael G. Fitzpatrick, R-Pa.. The new law hopes to protect minors from online child predators.

According to legal jargon in the bill, it 'prohibits access to commercial social networking Web sites or chat rooms through which minors' can access obscene or indecent material, be subject to unlawful sexual advances or repeated offensive comments of a sexual nature from adults, or access harmful information.

Fitzpatrick says, “Sites like MySpace and Facebook have opened the door to a new online community of social networks between friends, students and colleagues.”

He continues, “However, this new technology has become a feeding ground for child predators that use these sites as just another way to do our children harm.”


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