Facebook plays it safe with online advisory board

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The Independent Tech

Social networking site Facebook is creating a global safety advisory board to protect its users against online predators such as sex offenders.



The board will comprise representatives from five internet safety groups: Common Sense Media, ConnectSafely, WiredSafety, Childnet International and The Family Online Safety Institute.



Facebook said the formation of the board formalises relationships it has had with the groups. It also may expand the board to include more international representatives.



In early 2008, Facebook signed an agreement with US attorneys general in 49 states to help protect children against online predators.



Last week, New York Attorney General Andrew Cuomo said more than 3,500 offenders registered in New York have been kicked off Facebook and MySpace in recent months.



Over the last two years, 25 states have passed new laws requiring sex crime convicts to register their email addresses and their dwellings.

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