It appears that the new owners of MySpace are trying to do something to improve its reputation. In order to calm the fears of many parents and educators about the social networking site, administrators have removed 200,000 “objectionable” profiles.

Ross Levinsohn, head of News Corp’s internet division, said some of the material taken down contained “hate speech”. Some of it, he said, was “too risqué”.

“It’s a problem that’s endemic to the internet — not just MySpace,” Mr Levinsohn said. “The site, in the last two months, I think has become safer.”

I wonder how they determined the material to remove. And will these moves actually help? Or is the MySpace name already synonymous with evil, nasty teen blogging in the mind of too many adults?

I suppose the people most worried about that are at News Corp, which paid a boat load of cash for the online socialization site last summer.

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