Monday, January 30, 2006

Sex Predators Love MySpace

MySpace is a Sex Predator's Paradise, Mr. Murdock.

Do you care, Mr. Murdock?

From "Teen Menu" at the Blog Safety site:


The sad fact is that it is now very easy to find teenage victims in your community, thanks to an online social networking service called

This advertising-supported site, which was acquired last year by Rupert Murdock's News Corporation, presents a veritable smorgasbord of teenagers, organized by community and high school.

If you know the name of your local school and the sex and age of teens you're seeking, you can find them on MySpace.

What's more, in most cases, you can find pictures, names and photos of their friends; details about where they were born; what they like; and where they hang out. In many cases, you can also find their full names and cell phone numbers.

As an experiment, I used the site's search function to look for 16- and 17-year-old "women"who attend the high school near where I live -- where my kids went to school.

Within seconds, I was presented with a list of 198 girls who were registered on the service. Including boys, there were a total of 577 listings for current students, which represents about a third of the school's student body.

The search function allows you to specify age, starting at 16.

MySpace's terms of service say that it's open to people 14 or older, but there is no age verification process to prevent younger kids from setting up an account by lying about their date of birth.

One of the girls, who is 16, has a sexually suggestive word as part of her user name.

Thanks to MySpace, I have a pretty complete picture of her life. I know the day she was born, the hospital she was born in, her full name, where she goes to school, what she likes to eat, what time she goes to bed at night and her favorite fast-food restaurant.

She gets along with her parents "sometimes". In the past month she says she has consumed alcohol, eaten sushi, been to a mall, and gone askinny dipping. She says she has shoplifted at least once, wants to be a lawyer and would like to visit Egypt.

Information like this, which used to take predators months to extract from a child can -- in the wrong hands -- be skillfully used to help win a child's confidence.

Thanks to several pictures on her site, I also know exactly what she looks like and have seen pictures of many of her friends and am able to access her friends' profiles as well. This girl lives within a few miles of my house. Some of the pictures were clearly taken at the local high school.

With information like this, it would be pretty easy for someone with bad intentions to locate this girl.

Then the question is what might happen. Hopefully, the young lady would have the sense to avoid the person, but armed with enough information, predators can be very good at persuading would-be victims to comply with their wishes.


Have a nice, Mr. Murdock.

Enjoy Hell when you get there.

Your negligence gleams like filth in the sky.

[signed] steven edward streight aka vaspers the grate


carrie said...

i think that all profiles under age 18 should automatically have to be private and only friends you approve can view your blog. that's just for starters

carrie said...

i sent the link to that article to my mom. since she has teens who use myspace.

John Butler said...

I believe you have misrepresented the original article, leaving out such quotes as:
"It's not entirely the site's fault. MySpace offers safety advice and says it tries to police its site, yet many of the kids who use the service are doing so recklessly."

"This is not to say that kids should necessarily avoid using MySpace or other social networking sites. These sites have some very positive attributes, including developing communications skills and, in some cases enhancing self-esteem. But they should by common sense safety rules, including not giving out personally identifiable information. Unfortunately, many teens don’t see the danger."

The great thing about the internet is that it makes everything easier and faster while being a neutral entity, it is a tool shaped entirely by our own nature. If the content of a blog or a myspace profile is evil or used for evil, it is not the fault of the forum, it is the humans using these forums that are at fault. Regulating myspace or its equivilant (blogs included) would not change human nature.

I question why you took the time to edit these quotes (which didn't serve your purpose) out, but of course you can post whatever you want without me doing anything to stop you, just like I can tell you how I feel without you stopping me.

steven edward streight said...

Then you sir should take a look at the filthy crap that litters MySpace like a sewage dump.

Why would MySpace be loaded with teen porn, when Blogger, TypePad, WordPress, and other social media platforms are not?

I created a MySpace blog, and without my consent, pornographic, erotically suggestive ads appeared on it.

When I invited MySpacers to join the New Reformed Insane Blog Media Network, I mostly got a lot of slutty responses from girls who wanted to F*CK.

For some not very mysterious reason, MySpace is good for local musicians and old geezer sex predators.

This does not mean that all MySpace bloggers are tainted. It just means that the operators of MySpace are corrupt assnecks. Like Murdoch.

ashton said...

Obviously, the man who posted this knows very little about myspace. I personally have an account on myspace and I find it a very good source of keeping in touch with friends I don't see often and also something fun to do in my spare time. Maybe it is an easy way to find out things about teenagers, but if you had created an account on myspace yourself you would realize that it gives you warnings saying things such as "you should limit what you put on your profile considering that this is the internet and myspace is accessed by millions of people every day." It also gives you the chance to make your profile private and allows YOU to decide what goes on your profile. You can approve or deny friend requests depending on if you know the person or not. You can pretty much make everything on your page private to anyone but your friends. It's your own fault if you're dumb enough to put personal things about yourself on the internet. Myspace isn't to blame. Maybe people like you should teach their children not to let private information be seen on the web, and there wouldn't be any problem with predators on myspace.