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Business 2.0 Magazine: MySpace purge draws sharp reactions

From Business 2.0 Magazine:
  • SAN FRANCISCO (Business 2.0) - When Friendster started deleting profiles it deemed risque or otherwise objectionable, users bolted for the exits, helping to boost rival social networks like MySpace. Could MySpace be making the same mistake? Author Nicholas Carr characterized a recent move to close 200,000 accounts as a "purge." Ross Levinsohn, head of MySpace parent News Corp.'s (Research) Internet division, said the move was motivated by concerns for teen safety. That's certainly credible given the spate or recent incidents in which adults have been arrested for soliciting sex from minors met on the site. But mainstream marketers' concerns about questionable content may just go just as far in explaining its recent reform campaign. And with 250,000 new accounts opened daily, the closures hardly seem large enough to slow MySpace's momentum.

Will this impact on MySpace? Should MySpace be censoring accounts?


Cian said...

As of March 2006, MySpace became the world's fifth most popular English-language website and the eighth most popular in the world.

However, contrary to its billing in the media, MySpace is not a "kids site". Although teen safety is an important issue, the censoring of user accounts may have been motivated by a Murdoch corporate agenda aimed at attracting major brand marketers who continue to shun the site. Any attempt to clean up its content and image is certainly a step towards further corporate investment.

People will always find space to share ideas and organise. Whether MySpace continues to be the forum, only time will tell.

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nenemoosha said...

I have an account in Friendster and got a lot of benefits from it, such as met some of my old pals whom I had lost contact before. If once Friendster deletes my account because, for example, it contains hate speech or something which is considered inappropriate, I will lose the contact of my peers and of course will be very upset. It certainly will be the same as to other “friends” in Friendster or MySpace because they must feel the same sort of benefits. In this case, the act of deleting profiles will impact badly to the sites.

Though, these sites have engendered some “evil things”. People under age can access and so possible to be the target of sexual harassment and so on. After having a quick look to spate or recent incidents, I reckon that the sites have to be censored from the potentially immoral performs. However, the action should be wiser, for instance, place a warning before deleting the profiles.

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