[NetBehaviour] Congress may clamp down on MySpace.

marc 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 
harmful information.

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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