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Myspace Blocks Woman That Isn't A Sex Offender

Myspace Blocks Woman That Isn't A Sex Offender

How would you feel if you had difficulty logging into your MySpace account only to discover a note from MySpace in your inbox that says: "It has come to MySpace's attention that you are a registered sex offender in one or more jurisdictions."

This actually happened to a woman named Jessica Davis, who is not a registered sex offender but was blocked by the site. The block comes only a few weeks after the online community announced it would give up the names of known offenders to state authorities.

According to ABC News, Davis is not listed anywhere in the Department of Justice's National Sex Offender Public Registry and a criminal background search on Davis turned up zero results. Although the federal registry did find a sex offender named Jessica Davis (with a different middle name) in Utah, who is a registered sex offender. For more on this story,

At present, Jessica's claimed innocence is being investigated by MySpace (and no, don't try adding her as a new friend). Meanwhile Sentinal, the company hired by MySpace to find sex offenders, continues on in their efforts to red flag any registered offenders who have MySpace accounts. What are your feelings on this? Is MySpace being too overzealous with this new initiative?

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pinupsweetheart pinupsweetheart 9 years
Interesting...
chancleta chancleta 9 years
i think its a good idea that will take some time to work the kinks out
controlledspin controlledspin 9 years
I can see the place where they are coming from in trying to do something, but to me, how hard is it to make an email with a fake name and a myspace with a fake name? Why would an actual sex offender use their real name anyhow, when it can be easily searched online? I can see them trying to do something, but it's so easy to get around this, and I don't think there can ever be a 'be all and end all' for this type of behavior.
megagirl megagirl 9 years
I actually think it's good - yes, kids can be taught to recognize the signs of inappropriate behavior - but there's a reason people are able to target kids in the first place online. Kids may like the attention or even be intrigued by the fact that they have been told certain things are off-limits. It's not enough just to try to just get kids to be aware and protect themselves because they're kids - they might disregard the warnings, forget them, etc. and get into a bad situation anyway. Myspace has always struck me as a breeding ground for problems, and I think it's good that they are taking action. Whether it's the right action to take or will be effective in the long run remains to be seen. But certainly it sounds like they need to get a better process if they're going to try to weed out sex offenders.
smarler smarler 9 years
I have a feeling this is just the beginning of the backlash, too.
clairepetrol clairepetrol 9 years
I can see how myspace is trying to do the right thing by scared parents and others who want to ensure safe spaces for kids. But at the present time offenders arent banned from these places by the terms of their release, like how they are banned from playgrounds etc. Parents and teachers need to teach their children to recognise inappropriate behaviour. Perhaps Myspace needs to create a lesson plan for teachers to easily conduct and deliver and accurate session on safe use of technology and get that message out there also. I certainly feel they are between a rock and a hard place, and I mostly feel like this activity is to 'look like they are doing something, after all what profile is going to say 'Me, 45, sex offender, ohio'. It'll probably be more like 'Me, 18, party promoter, ohio'. So the fact that they are matching peoples registered site stats to the sex offender list is bizarre.....
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