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Texas Only State Not Taking Part In Myspace Agreement

Myspace reached an agreement with 49 other states today that will help prevent secual predators and others from misusing the social networking website.

Texas, however, is the only state not taking part.

In a letter addressed to Chris DeWolfe, Myspace Chief Executive Officer, Texas Attorney General Gregg Abbott said that he did not believe the measures do not, "adequately protect young users."

Abbott continued to say that until age verficiation is effectively in place and implemented that no social networking site can protect minors.

Myspace says their new agreement will:

- Identify and remove inappropriate images,

-Sever links with pornographic websites,

-Make it harder for adults to contact children on the site,

-Provide a place to report abuse,

- And create a closed section for children under 18 years old.

The agreement comes on the heels of last year's multi-state investigation of MySpace, Facebook, and other social networking sites. Authorities hope that greater controls will help protect minors from sexual predators.

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