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US Congress approves school MySpace ban

updated 10:40 am EDT, Tue August 1, 2006


The House of Representatives last Thursday voted in strong favor of the Deleting Online Predators Act, which would require that libraries and schools funded by the federal government block social networking sites in an attempt to protect children from predators who might exploit the personal information on those sites to their advantage. However, opponents (which include the American Library Association and many MySpace users) say the new law is too far-reaching in scope: it could easily block any site that allows communication between users or personal profiles, which would in effect restrict access not just to social networking sites but also blogs, forums, and wikis. The bill still needs to pass the Senate vote in August before it can be signed into law by the President.

by MacNN Staff




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