Friday, April 21, 2006

Rupert Murdoch solves the MySpace problem

Since parents are totally irresponsible about monitoring their child's online visitation habits, Fox Interactive Media (part of Murdoch's NewsCorp) decided to hire someone to safely patrol MySpace in an effort to protect the youngins from all the pedophile freaks that roam the Internet.
Business Week had the article first, but I also found a copy at Yahoo. Apparently, the MySpace savior's name is Hemanshu Nigam. He's worked for Microsoft for years dealing with Cybersafety for children and has been involved with the U.S. Government in enforcing computer crime cases. In a nutshell, Nigam is going to do what is usually done; offer filtering software, make sure the site is available for those 14 and over, monitor for malicious activity, delete illegal images, yada, yada, yada. Welcome to MySpace, Nigam!

This is pretty much a public relations move that is going to have little, if any, impact on the habit of teenagers on MySpace. Once again, the onus of dealing with kids is put in the hands of someone other than the parents. You're going to tell me that this guy is going to actually do some prosecuting of MySpace accounts that show a 15 year old snorting blow? What about the MySpace fights between jilted lovers that one boyfriend is going to "kick the ass" of the other boyfriend? Or that 14 year old girl in a string bikini that plays off like the school slut? Is Nigam going to be the judge, jury and enforcer of all these problems? Of course not, but at least MySpace can now tell the general public that it has done all it can save tearing down the site.
By the way, if you have a MySpace account, shoot me an e-mail and I'll add you on.
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