MySpace Making So-Called Security Changes?
Are they kidding me? Am I supposed to feel better about this?
Under the changes, expected to be announced Wednesday and taking effect next week, MySpace users who are 18 or over could no longer request to be on a 14- or 15-year-old’s friends’ list unless they already know either the youth’s e-mail address or full name.
However, users under 18 can still make such contact, and MySpace has no mechanism for verifying that users submit their true age when registering. That means adults can sign up as teens and request to join a 14-year-old’s list of friends, which would enable the full profiles.
Yeah right. As if that will stop the predators.
These so-called security changes are the result of a lawsuit against MySpace. If that is the best that MySpace can do one can only hope they’re sued into OuterSpace or bankruptcy, whichever comes first.
Irresponsible sites like MySpace make me ill. They are quick to jump on the get-rich bandwagon without really considering the consequences of their actions.
Children’s safety comes first before profits. We can’t leave it up to the courts or the online hucksters to police themselves.
Where there’s children involved strong legislation is the only answer. Social networking sites like MySpace must be forced to make absolutely certain that children are protected from online predators.
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