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MySpace finds 90,000 sex offenders, AG calls for more efforts to protect kids online

MySpace previously said it had found about 40,000 sex offenders among its millions of members. Today that number jumped to 90,000 the website says it has removed from its social network. But North Carolina Attorney General Roy Cooper notes that that number doesn't include sex offenders using aliases on MySpace and those who have yet to be caught for their crimes. "So this is only a fraction of the bad guys who are on the internet," says Cooper. "And that's one of the problems we face, is that when you create these social networking sites where the predators know that children are, these sites have an obligation to put better safety tools in place to protect kids." Cooper and seven other Attorneys General have made agreements with MySpace, Facebook and other networking websites requires them to go further than banning registered sex offenders. The sites have agreed to develop better technology to verify the age of young children who register with their services and protect them from adults who may with to harm them.