Facebook to Strengthen Child Warnings

Facebook announced today that it will strengthen warnings about child safety on its site and said that it would take steps to improve its process of responding to complaints about sexual or inappropriate content.The company agreed to make the changes as part of a settlement with the New York State attorney general, Andrew M. Cuomo, who began an investigation last month into whether the Web site was misleading its users by promoting itself as a place where high school students and younger children are safe from adult sexual predators. The settlement did not include a financial penalty, but Mr. Cuomo said it would serve as a “new model” for other sites to follow.
www.nytimes.com/2007/10/16/nyregion/16cnd-facebook.html
bits.blogs.nytimes.com/2007/10/16/facebook-settles-with-new-york/Also see:Facebook settles New York child safety probe [Reuters]
Facebook has agreed to settle a child safety probe in New York, the New York state attorney said on Tuesday. … The settlement involves no financial penalties. Under the terms of the settlement, Facebook has agreed to begin addressing any complaint within 24 hours of being told of inappropriate content — involving such things as nudity, profanity or harassment — by a user or e-mail correspondent.
uk.reuters.com/article/internetNews/idUKN1644234020071016
www.latimes.com/technology/la-fi-facebook17oct17,1,7732215.storyFacebook Agrees To Police Pornography And Predators
The social networking site said it will comply with an independent safety and security examination to report on Facebook’s compliance for two years.
After pressure from its users and law enforcement, Facebook this week agreed to implement new measures to protect its members from sexual predators, obscene content, and harassment.The settlement agreement announced By New York State Attorney General Andrew Cuomo on Monday requires Facebook to respond promptly to complaints about nudity, pornography, harassment, or unwanted contact with 24 hours through the abuse@facebook.com e-mail address. It also requires Facebook to allow an Independent Safety and Security Examiner (ISSE), approved by the New York State Attorney General, to report on Facebook’s compliance for two years.
informationweek.com/news/showArticle.jhtml?articleID=202403449Facebook reaches deal with New York state on enforcing safeguards [AP]
New York state’s top lawyer on Tuesday announced an agreement with social networking Web site Facebook to enforce safeguards against obscene content and sexual predators using the site.
iht.com/articles/ap/2007/10/16/america/NA-GEN-US-Facebook-Safeguards.php
www.smh.com.au/articles/2007/10/16/1192300738191.html
www.theage.com.au/articles/2007/10/16/1192300738191.html

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