Attorney General: 2000+ Sex Offenders On MySpace

Raleigh, NC - Thousands of convicted sex offenders may be breaking a new state law that bans them from social networking sites like MySpace and Facebook.

Now the names, IP and e-mail addresses of those registered sex offenders who have MySpace accounts are being sent to local sheriff departments.

Attorney General Roy Cooper says 2116 North Carolina sex offenders were found on the social networking site. Cooper says MySpace turned over information in response to a subpoena.

MySpace says it has now removed the sex offenders from the web site.

A new state law bans convicted sex offenders from social networking sites like MySpace where children are members. "It's no secret that child predators are on these web sites," Cooper said. "Turning over information about these predators to law enforcement helps, but MySpace, Facebook and other social networks need to do much more to protect kids online."

Cooper has asked the SBI Computer Crimes Unit, which leads the NC Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force, to work with the sheriffs to use this information to help keep communities safe.

The attorney general has also requested similar information from Facebook.

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