Google And Yahoo To Kick Sex Offenders Off Social Networks

NY AG goes after sex offenders on social sites

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New York Attorney General Andrew Cuomo said today that 13 additional social networking sites, including those owned by Google, Yahoo and AOL, have agreed to remove sex offenders from their sites.

The move follows Cuomo’s announcement from last week that Facebook and MySpace had removed more than 3,500 registered sex offenders from their sites.

As of today, 15 major social networking sites have agreed to use New York’s e-STOP law, which requires sex offenders to register their online information with the state Division of Criminal Justice Services. That information is then passed along to social networking sites which then remove the sex offenders.

Andrew Cuomo
Andrew Cuomo

"It is no secret that sexual predators abuse social networking Web sites to find and manipulate victims and to insinuate themselves into their victims’ lives," said Attorney General Cuomo.


. "e-STOP allows social networking Web sites to identify these sex predators and help prevent them from harming again.

"The country’s most popular social networking sites have taken an important step in making the Internet safer by using e-STOP to purge sex offenders from their sites. That some companies are continuing to ignore the e-STOP database is not only inexcusable, it is potentially dangerous."

Attorney General Cuomo said he applauds Google (Orkut.com), Yahoo! (Flickr.com), AOL (Bebo.com), BlackPlanet.com, Classmates.com, Flixster.com, Fotolog.com, hi5.com, MyLife.com, Stickam.com, Multiply.com, Tagged.com and Imeem.com for their use of the e-STOP data and their demonstrated commitment to safety online.



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  • http://www.circlem25.co.uk Guest

    this is a good action Google, and Yahoo are taking, but I don’t understand, won’t those “sex offenders ” just sing in with a different name the next day?.

  • Guest

    If New York released sex offender information to Classmates, they have broken their own law. NY Law stipulates that to be an “Authorized Internet Entity” said internet entity must allow minors to join. Classmates does not. Therefore release of this information is a class B misdemeanor and Cuomo and every one involved is subject to being charged.

    All of the other sites listed are Authorized entities because they allow minors to join and they should be taking steps to protect children in real ways as well, because there is NOTHING in place on any of these sites to prevent an un-convicted sex offender from preying on your kids. Myspace alone allows kids to post pics of themselves nude or nearly nude, drug use and alcohol abuse. A scan of Facebook shows the same… minors doing illegal acts… showing predators they are vulnerable. The only way to make the internet safe for kids is to remove kids from the internet.

    Why is this important?

    Because as we have seen since 1994 laws directed at hampering the civil liberties of sex offenders eventually get passed down to everyone, even those people who break NO laws. These actions might start with sex offenders, but they will not stop there.

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