MySpace has cleaned up its site in hopes of protecting its users. Deleting 200,000 users is that censorship or protection? I’m truly not sure. I will be pondering this for a few days. Luckily for us Rupert Murdoch’s MySpace wasn’t deleted.
MySpace.com, the fast-growing community website hugely popular with American teens, has removed 200,000 “objectionable” profiles from its site as it steps up efforts to calm fears about the safety of the network for young users.
The site, which allows users to create their own profiles with details of their interests that can be viewed and linked to by other MySpace.com “friends”, was acquired by Rupert Murdoch’s News Corp last year and its phenomenal growth has placed it at the centre of the media company’s internet strategy.
Ross Levinsohn, head of News Corp’s internet division, said some of the material taken down contained “hate speech”. Some of it, he said, was “too risqué”.