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Attorney General Cuomo and Facebook announce new model to protect children online

Published on: 23.10.07
Source: Press release of the New York Office of the Attorney General

Agreement Requires Prompt Response to Complaints and New Disclosure to Parents

New York, NY (Oct 16, 2007) – Attorney General Andrew M. Cuomo and Facebook today announced a new model to enforce safeguards aimed at protecting its network members, especially children and adolescents, from sexual predators, obscene content and harassment.

Under the terms of the settlement, Facebook will begin enforcing its safety procedures promptly responding to user complaints about nudity or pornography or harassment or unwelcome contact within 24 hours, and allowing an Independent Safety and Security Examiner (ISSE), a third party examiner, approved by the New York State Attorney General, to report on Facebook’s compliance for two years. Facebook has about 47 million users.

'Social networking sites, popular among young people, have quickly gained members and appeal, but also act as a magnet for those who would prey on the young,' said Attorney General Cuomo. 'Our agreement with Facebook offers a new model of cooperative action that balances the freedom offered by the internet with the necessary protections for children traveling on the information superhighway.'

Complete press release to be found here.


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