[NetBehaviour] Congress may clamp down on MySpace.
marc.garrett at furtherfield.org
Sat May 13 02:40:02 CEST 2006
Congress may clamp down on MySpace.
New legislation from Congress would block access to social-networking
sites like MySpace and Facebook in schools and libraries, including
instant-messaging services. The bill known as the "The Deleting Online
Predators Act" introduced by Rep. Michael G. Fitzpatrick, R-Pa., aims at
protecting minors from online child predators.
According to the bill, it "prohibits access to commercial social
networking Web sites or chat rooms through which minors" can access
obscene or indecent material, be subject to unlawful sexual advances or
repeated offensive comments of a sexual nature from adults, or access
The bill terms a social-network Web site as one that allows users to
create Web pages or profiles about themselves as well as offers
communications including a forum, chat room, e-mail or instant
messenger, while a chat room is termed a site that allows multiple users
to communicate in real time via text.
"Sites like MySpace and Facebook have opened the door to a new online
community of social networks between friends, students and colleagues,"
Fitzpatrick said. "However, this new technology has become a feeding
ground for child predators that use these sites as just another way to
do our children harm."
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