Popular Internet social network MySpace said on Tuesday it detected
and deleted 29,000 convicted sex offenders on its service, more than
four times the figure it had initially reported.
The company said in May it had deleted about 7,000 user profiles that
belonged to convicted offenders. MySpace attracts about 60 million
unique visitors monthly in the United States.
The new information was first revealed by U.S. state authorities
after MySpace turned over information on convicted sex offenders it
had removed from the service.
"We're pleased that we've successfully identified and removed
registered sex offenders from our site and hope that other social
networking sites follow our lead," MySpace Chief Security Officer
Hemanshu Nigam said in a statement.
The service has come under attack over the past year after some of
its young members fell prey to adult predators posing as minors. The
families of several teenage girls sexually assaulted by MySpace
members sued the service in January for failing to safeguard its
Late last year, it struck a partnership with background verification
company Sentinel Tech Holdings Corp. to co-develop the first U.S.
national database of convicted sex offenders to make it easier to
track offenders on the Internet.
Convicted sex offenders are required by law to register their contact
information with local authorities. But the information has only been
available on regional databases, making nationwide searches
As of May, there were about 600,000 registered sex offenders in the