MySpace has admitted that it has found (and purged) as many as 90,000 registered sex offenders using its service over the course of the past two years. That’s more than 40,000 more sexual predators than the number to which MySpace had previously admitted.
The admission was made following MySpace being served a subpoena for the information; the subpoena was initiated by the attorney general of Connecticut, Richard Blumenthal.
Said Blumenthal of the revelation, “Almost 100,000 convicted sex offenders mixing with children on MySpace – shown by our subpoena – is absolutely appalling and totally unacceptable. For every one of them, there may be hundreds of others using false names and ages. These convicted registered sex offenders creating profiles under their own names unmasks MySpace’s monstrously inadequate counter-measures. MySpace must purge these dangerous offenders now – and rid them for good. Social networking sites must be barred as playgrounds for predators – a very real threat exposed by the response to our subpoena.”
“This shocking revelation – resulting from our subpoena – provides compelling proof that social networking sites remain rife with sexual predators,” he added.
Attorney General Blumenthal has said that his office will immediately seek to identify any and all Connecticut offenders with MySpace profiles and inform appropriate state authorities so they can determine whether terms of probation or release were violated.