MySpace grabbed headlines today when it announced that it had kicked 90,000 registered sex offenders off the site over the past 2 years. Where did they all go? Many went to Facebook, says Sentinel, the security firm that roots out such offenders for MySpace. “We found over 8,000 offenders on their site without much effort,” the CEO told TechCrunch.
MySpace is Sentinel’s biggest client, so Erick Schonfeld investigated for TechCrunch, matching names provided by Sentinel with publicly available mugshots. He found them fairly easily as well. A spokesman for Facebook said it would investigate immediately, but cautioned that positively identifying them would require “more than a name and a photo the size of your thumb.”