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National Briefing / Connecticut

Facebook drops sex offenders

February 20, 2009|Times Wire Reports

Facebook has removed more than 5,500 convicted sex offenders from its social networking website since May, Connecticut's attorney general said.

Richard Blumenthal said the world's largest social networking site, which claims more than 175 million active members, reported to his office that 5,585 convicted sex offenders were found on the site and removed between May 1 and Jan. 31.

Earlier this month, rival networking site MySpace announced it had removed 90,000 sex offenders over two years.

The convicted sexual offenders on the site were found through user reports, working with local law enforcement agencies and using the national sex offender registry.

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