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Hunt For Online Predator Hits Facebook

May 8th, 2008 by flanews

Online predators are lying about their age in hopes of meeting kids. Attorneys General across the country have made an agreement with social networking site Facebook to try and make the site safer. As Whitney Ray tells us, the plan is to catch people who lie about their age.

Hear it Here: Hunt For Online Predator Hits Facebook

High School senior Sally Hunt checks her Facebook profile everyday.

Im going to college next and Ive been speaking with my roommate that Im going to live with next year through it, said Hunt.

Hunt chooses only to network with people she knows, but that doesnt keep strangers from trying to meet her.

Ive had people ask to me to be their friend when I didnt know who they were.

Online predators use social networking sites, like Facebook and Myspace to meet victims. Theyre able to lie about their age and use different picture to hide their identity. That is until now. Attorney General Bill McCollum has entered into an agreement with other AGs across the country to help Facebook hunt online predators.

If you have somebodys that already said theyre 50 years old and they all of a sudden want to registrar their age at 19 or 15 or whatever, theyre going to question that, said McCollum.

Facebook will also send alerts to anyone whose been talking to the potential predator. Sally says even though shes never encountered an online predator, she knows theyre out there.

It does happen, so its definitely a precaution we need to take even though we dont see it everyday, said Hunt.

While the plan wont catch all the predators, it does provide some comfort to teens like Sally who hope what they see is what they get. Earlier this year Attorneys General from across the country entered into a similar agreement with Myspace.

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