MySpace unveils new cybersafety feature

Sentinel Safe will seek out and destroy profiles of registered sex offenders - and create the first national aggregation of states' registries.
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Under increasing pressure to deal with the presence of sexual predators and young children on MySpace, the NewsCorp-owned social networking wunkerkind will soon unveil a new safety feature called Sentinel Safe, Reuters reports.

Business analysts say the the personal safety of its online users as well as the protection of entertainment copyrights are viewed as two of the biggest threats to MySpace's ability to make money in the future. Sentinel Safe will let MySpace search state and federal databases to seek out and delete MySpace profiles of registered sex offenders. It will be available in the next 30 days.

We are committed to keeping sex offenders off MySpace," the site's chief security officer, Hemanshu Nigam, said in a statement.

According to MySpace, there are 550,000 registered sex offenders in the United States. The company said the new service will be the first national database that brings together about 46 state sex offender registers.

Hmm, that's a service that might even have a marketing advantage to MySpace.

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