Here is a Red Alert to the hormone driven teenagers that MySpaces is popular with: MSN is watching you!
I am a Grandpa so it does not bother me so much, the hormone days are behind me. Having raised teenagers, I suspect the outrage will emerge. Nonetheless, I hail MSM for monitoring the content if it is questionable.
All I ask is that the MSM MySpace police consider that fine line between free speech and inappropriate behavior. I myself am quite far to the Right on the political spectrum, ergo I know that I offend somebody. I suspect I might be offensive to young and old alike on the Left side of the spectrum. Though the Left might feel my philosophy is inappropriate, I would not agree. My spouting rarely if ever has vulgarity yet can be very terse. This is free speech, not the use of inappropriate images or speech.
So hail to the police, but be careful.
Hat tip John Locke Foundation.
MySpace acts to calm teen safety fears
By Joshua Chaffin and Aline van Duyn in New York
FT.com Published: March 30 2006 20:26
MySpace.com, the fast-growing community website hugely popular with American teens, has removed 200,000 “objectionable” profiles from its site as it steps up efforts to calm fears about the safety of the network for young users.
The site, which allows users to create their own profiles with details of their interests that can be viewed and linked to by other MySpace.com “friends”, was acquired by Rupert Murdoch’s News Corp last year and its phenomenal growth has placed it at the centre of the media company’s internet strategy.
Ross Levinsohn, head of News Corp’s internet division, said some of the material taken down contained “hate speech”. Some of it, he said, was “too risqué”. “It’s a problem that’s endemic to the internet – not just MySpace,” Mr Levinsohn said. “The site, in the last two months, I think has become safer.”
With 66m users, and 250,000 new users signing up every day, MySpace has become one of the top internet destinations. Peter Chernin, president and chief operating officer of News Corp, told the Financial Times that, although he and Mr Murdoch were very optimistic about its prospects when they acquired it last year, MySpace had exceeded their expectations.
“MySpace is more potent and powerful than even we knew,” Mr Chernin says. “And it is becoming a more integrated part of people’s lives.” However, as efforts grow to attract more advertisers to the site, News Corp is facing two challenges.
Young users have to keep wanting to use the site, rather than switch to a “cooler” alternative. Also, advertisers have to feel confident their reputation will not be tainted by “inappropriate” content.
Teachers and parents are concerned that, because information on MySpace is publicly available, it might put teenagers in contact with predatory adults. In terms of retaining its appeal, Mr Chernin said users had to keep feeling the site was theirs. “We don’t want to change the fundamental look and feel of the site,” he said. “We do not want users? to have any sense that it is corporatised.”