Congress Looks to Ban Myspace, Facebook, and More

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A bill known as "The Deleting Online Predators Act" was introduced into legislation today that targets sites like MySpace, Facebook, as well as popular instant messanger services. The bill would require places like schools and local libraries to ban access to these sites.

Taken directly from an ABC News article:

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The "Deleting Online Predators Act" would also require the FCC to publish a sort of annual blacklist of "commercial social networking websites and chat rooms that have been shown to allow sexual predators easy access to personal information of, and contact with, children."

Within the bill, the definition of "social networking site" is left somewhat vague.

The even scarier part is their definition of a social networking site which is defined as a site that:

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allows users to create web pages or profiles that provide information about themselves and are available to other users; and offers a mechanism for communication with other users, such as a forum, chat room, email, or instant messenger.

Guess we won't be accessing Threadwatch from the local library. Washington Times has a write-up as well.

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Hint to Congress

Unplug the fucking schools and libraries from the goddamn internet and leave us alone.

erm

dont know about in the US but I doubt many schools over here allow access to Myspace, Facebook or external IM services anyway. 'Duty of care' is a scary thing when you're in charge of 13 year olds and its common sense which doesn;t need legistlation surely? (yeah I know I normally argue against 'big brother' stuff but in this case I think its fair enough - they can access at home or at a friends if they really want to chat to a 63 year old builder called 'Amy; Age 14 - I like kittens and discos')

Detective Inspector Plod.

Dont know about the US but I believe that in the UK there is a dedicated police unit and 'Amy; Age 14 - I like kittens and discos' is just as likely to be Detective Inspector Plod.

fair enough

I amend my previous comment to read

.....want to chat to a 63 year old off duty male DI called 'Amy; Age 14 - I like kittens and discos'

better? :)

no idea

Guess we won't be accessing Threadwatch from the local library.

I had no idea this could affect TW. When has Threadwatch

been shown to allow sexual predators easy access to personal information of, and contact with, children.

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Sarcasm

Sorry, I was being sarcastic. The bill is written so broadly that almost any site can fall under their guidelines.

>> and offers a mechanism

>> and offers a mechanism for communication with other users, such as a

...nything we can't wiretap

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