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Sexual Predators on Facebook

At least three convicted sex offenders have pages on Facebook, the social-networking site popular among college and high-school students. An investigation has also found naked pictures on a site billed as a “safer” social venue for young people.

The Connecticut state attorney general, The New York Times reported today, has said that his office is investigating at least three of these cases and had found inappropriate images as well. Facebook’s chief privacy officer says the site takes down such profiles and pages within 72 hours of a complaint, and will do so in these instances.

Facebook has run into such issues more often during the past year, since it opened membership to the general public. (The site was originally restricted to college and high-school students.) The site’s operators must now deal with problems that plagued MySpace, another networking site that raised parental concerns about inappropriate sexual contact between adults and teenagers. —Josh Fischman

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