a big agreement was reached yesterday between myspace and 45 states (which, by default, will imlicated myspace for everyone). the 45 states had expressed concerns about safety for children and teenagers.
Among other measures, MySpace agreed to:
– Allow parents to submit children’s e-mail addresses to MySpace to prevent anyone from misusing the addresses to set up profiles.
– Make the default setting “private” for 16- and 17-year-old users.
– Respond within 72 hours to complaints about inappropriate content and devote more staff and resources to classify photographs and discussion groups.
– Strengthen software to find underage users.
– Create a high school section for users under 18 years old.
it will be interesting to see how this plays out for youth workers. i’m concerned that it could limit youth workers’ ability to interact with teenagers via myspace.
update: i see ypulse has a decent summary of this also.
further update: anastasia has further thoughts, a day later, that are worth reading.