Facebook Getting Safer

Networking site will work closely with New York attorney general's office
By Sam Gale Rosen,  Newser Staff
Posted Oct 17, 2007 2:33 PM CDT
Facebook Getting Safer
Facebook.com's mastermind, Mark Zuckerberg smiles at his office in Palo Alto, Calif., in this Monday, Feb. 5, 2007 file photo. Facebook has announce plans to improve its predator reporting system. (AP Photo/Paul Sakuma, FILE)   (Associated Press)

Facebook will roll out new protections against online predators, CNN reports, after an investigation by New York's attorney general last month blasted the site for "significant defects." The improvements include a new disclosure for parents and an easier process for reporting unwanted advances. Facebook will also appoint (and pay) an independent examiner to keep tabs on the site's progress.

Andrew Cuomo, who launched the Facebook investigation, said he is pleased with the new steps. "I think it's fair to say that Facebook will have the safest interaction of its kind in the marketplace," Cuomo says. The New York AG says his office is now working with other sites to improve safety, but declined to name the specific sites. (Read more Facebook stories.)

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