New York Attorney General Andrew Cuomo said today he is calling on social networking sites at aimed at children to provide more protections against the threat of sexual predators.
Cuomo said that the Electronic Securing and Targeting of Online Predators Act (e-STOP) law he authored has now resulted in the removal of accounts associated with at least 4,336 registered sex offenders from major social networking websites in the U.S.
At the end of 2009, Cuomo announced that Facebook and MySpace removed 5,385 accounts linked to 3,533 sexual predators from their rolls. Cuomo today announced that an additional 6,336 online profiles linked to 803 additional New York state registered sex offenders have been removed from popular social networking site.
"New York is once again leading the way in ensuring that social networking Web sites use the data that is now available, thanks to the e-STOP law, to keep kids safe," said Attorney General Cuomo.
"So far, thousands of sexual predators who had opened thousands of accounts have been purged from social networking sites. I am now taking this important protection a step further. I am calling on sites that specifically cater to children to screen users to reduce the threat posed by dangerous sexual predators."
The sites Cuomo is asking to use e-STOP information include:
AllyKatzz, BarbieGirls, Build-a-Bearville, Club Penguin, Girlsense, Neopets, Secretbuilders, Stardoll, Supersecret, Teen Second Life, Toontown, Tootsville, Webkinz, Whyville