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MySpace and Attorneys General Announce Joint Effort to Promote Industry-Wide Internet Safety Principles

Published on: 16.01.08
Source: Press release News Corporation

New York, January 14, 2008 – In a joint effort to increase the safety of teens online, MySpace and Attorneys General in the Multi-State Working Group on Social Networking representing 49 states and the District of Columbia unveiled a Joint Statement on Key Principles of Social Networking Sites Safety (attached) designed for industry-wide adoption. This common set of Principles relates to online safety tools, technology, education and law enforcement cooperation.

The Attorneys General praised MySpace for its efforts to date, the progress it has made in improving online safety and its continued efforts to make specific improvements over the coming months. The Joint Statement on Key Principles of Social Networking Sites Safety recognizes that an ongoing industry effort is required to keep up with the latest technological developments and to find additional ways to protect teens. The Attorneys General called on other social networking sites and Internet providers with community features to adopt the Principles and bring their sites up to par with MySpace in terms of safety.

The Joint Statement on Key Principles of Social Networking Sites Safety was announced in New York City by Attorneys General Richard Blumenthal of Connecticut, Roy Cooper of North Carolina and Hemanshu Nigam, Chief Security Officer for MySpace and Fox Interactive Media. They were joined by Attorneys General Marc Dann of Ohio and Tom Corbett of Pennsylvania, members of the Executive Committee of the Multi-State who participated in the development and adoption of the Principles. Attorney General Anne Milgram of New Jersey and a representative of New York Attorney General Andrew Cuomo were also present to endorse the Principles.

On behalf of MySpace, Chief Security Officer Hemanshu Nigam, said, 'We thank the Attorneys General for a thoughtful and constructive conversation on Internet safety. This is an industry-wide challenge and we must all work together to create a safer Internet. The Principles we have adopted set forth what the industry needs to strive towards to provide a safer online experience for teens and we look forward to sharing our ongoing safety innovations with other companies.”

Complete press release to be found under http://www.newscorp.com/news/news_363.html


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