MySpace gets a security czar

Hiring of Microsoft's consumer safety chief latest in a series of moves aimed at combatting MySpace's image as cyber-home of runaways.

If ever a website could use a security czar, it's MySpace. Now the preferred site of sex-crazed teens and child predators is getting one.

NewsCorp has named Hemanshu (Hemu) Nigam, currently consumer security director at Microsoft, to head up safety, education, privacy and law enforcement oversight programs for MySpace and other Fox Web properties, Reuters reports.

MySpace has implemented a series of measures to protect young users. It limits access to the site to members who are at least 14 and provide special protections to kids under 16. It claims to have deleted more than 250,000 profiles of underage kids since the site's inception.

Over the weekend, MySpace said it was working with the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children and the Advertising Council to create the largest-ever online safety program using nationwide public service advertisements.