When 90,000 registered sex offenders tried to access their MySpace accounts yesterday, they were met with disappointment because their account had been deleted. Thanks to Sentinel, a security company that tracked down the accounts, MySpace was able to make their online community a little safer.
The thing that gets me is why 90,000 all of the sudden? Why not delete them on a regular basis? True, they may be doing that behind the scenes, but with an announcement like this, one is inclined to think this is more of a PR tactic.
With all the hoopla over MySpace cleaning house, people are looking to Facebook, another extremely popular social network, to see if they’ll respond in kind. Actually, MySpace is the one who is trying to get them to make a move and it’s not a stretch to believe that Sentinel is attempting to force Facebook into becoming a client of theirs.
MySpace made a statement declaring their leadership position and hoped “that Facebook follows our lead in providing their members with the same protections.” Sounds a bit unfair to me that they would say that, but all Facebook has to do is start cleaning house too, whether it be with the support of Sentinel or some other company.
It’s no surprise that these two communities out of the many out there are places for sex offenders to groom their next victim. It’s encouraging to see, though, that the likes of MySpace are trying to make a difference given that they’ve had a history reported in the media about tragic meet-ups among the offenders and children.