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The site came under fire from parents, teachers and law enforcement after several cases in which men molested underaged girls met through MySpace. In response, MySpace launched a campaign to promote online safety and hired a chief security officer. MySpace is the most popular social networking site and most popular website in the United States, as well as the fourth most popular English-language website in the world, according to figures cited in the paper.

Hinduja and Patchin warn that youngsters may be setting themselves up for problems if they post details about alcohol or drug use or other personal details on their profiles. Such data can be seen by bullies, their parents, their school and the police -- as well as by potential employers, who increasingly trawl through such sites as part of a background check.


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Deleting or updating incriminating profiles does not wipe out copies of older versions, which Google, Microsoft Live and other search engines store on cache memories in their computer servers. The paper also places a question mark as to how many people actually use MySpace and how often they use it. The authors note that of the 9, profiles they randomly selected -- six percent -- had been deleted, were no longer active or were otherwise invalid. Another profiles, or three percent, had been posted by musicians promoting their work. Of the 1, accessible profiles posted by those under 18 years old, around 30 percent of the teenagers had not logged in to view their profile in over three months, and about five percent of these had not done so in more than a year.

They also contend that eight percent of the publicly posted teen profiles showed evidence that the youngster had deliberately inflated his or her age.

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The site came under fire from parents, teachers and law enforcement after several cases in which men molested underaged girls met through MySpace. In response, MySpace launched a campaign to promote online safety and hired a chief security officer.

MySpace is the most popular social networking site and most popular website in the United States, as well as the fourth most popular English-language website in the world, according to figures cited in the paper. Hinduja and Patchin warn that youngsters may be setting themselves up for problems if they post details about alcohol or drug use or other personal details on their profiles. Such data can be seen by bullies, their parents, their school and the police -- as well as by potential employers, who increasingly trawl through such sites as part of a background check.

Deleting or updating incriminating profiles does not wipe out copies of older versions, which Google, Microsoft Live and other search engines store on cache memories in their computer servers.

The paper also places a question mark as to how many people actually use MySpace and how often they use it. The authors note that of the 9, profiles they randomly selected -- six percent -- had been deleted, were no longer active or were otherwise invalid. Another profiles, or three percent, had been posted by musicians promoting their work.

Of the 1, accessible profiles posted by those under 18 years old, around 30 percent of the teenagers had not logged in to view their profile in over three months, and about five percent of these had not done so in more than a year. They also contend that eight percent of the publicly posted teen profiles showed evidence that the youngster had deliberately inflated his or her age.