MySpace Sex Offender Number Soars

Site offers no explanation for 2-month increase
By Heather McPherson,  Newser User
Posted Jul 25, 2007 9:40 AM CDT
Mississippi Attorney General Jim Hood announces Monday, May 21, 2007, at his office in Jackson, Miss., that will provide a number of state attorneys general, including him, with data on registered...   (Associated Press)
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(Newser) – The number of registered sex offenders identified as having profiles on MySpace has ballooned from 7,000 to over 29,000 in the last 2 months, and the site has removed them. Under pressure from several state attorneys general, the company agreed to release predators' information to prosecutors in May. Connecticut's AG said yesterday he's "astonished and appalled" by the new figure.

MySpace declined to comment, the AP reports, but released a statement urging other social networking sites to track down sex offenders and take down their profiles. Lawmakers and law enforcement officials across the country are battling to rein in the sites, but they're meeting resistance from advocates of free-speech laws and unfettered interstate commerce.