Boston, MA, USA: In response to the arrest of two adult men alleged to use the popular MySpace online weblog community to arrange illegal sexual crimes with minors, MySpace CEO Chris DeWolfe announced a new security screening technology that will be revealed in the coming weeks. Recently, MySpace has been under intense scrutiny in the United States media because many see the site as a place for online child predators to easily find unwitting children.
DeWolfe diagrees with this assessment of his company, pointing to existing security policies that disallow children under the age of 14 to register with the site, and restricting access to the profiles of members under 16 years old. Also, approximately 200,000 profiles have been removed from the site with suspicion that their owners' were underage.
The two men arrested were Sonny Szeto, 22, of New York, who attempted to meet an 11 year old girl; and Stephen Letavec, 39, of Pennsylvania, who attempted to meet a 14 year old girl.