Online social-networking giant MySpace.com has agreed to intensify its efforts to keep children safe, promising upgraded security features and a new registry for banned users. In a joint statement with attorneys general across United States, the popular Web site said it would allow parents to send in their children's e-mail addresses so MySpace can block those children from setting up profiles. The site also affirmed it would make it easier for 16- and 17-year-olds to control who sees their profiles.
The agreement says MySpace will take the following steps:
- It will set up an Internet Safety Technical Task Force that will develop tools to help verify a user's age and identity.
- It will strengthen its software identifying underage users.
- It will change the default setting for 16- and 17-year-olds to "private," meaning only approved "friends" could view their profiles.
- It will create a closed "high school" section for users under 18.
MySpace also promised to dedicate more staff and resources to reviewing photographs and discussion groups and to respond within 72 hours to complaints about inappropriate content.
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