Published on April 5th, 2012 | by Steven Hodson


Game And Major Tech Companies Join To Purge Sex Offenders From Online Games

Now this is something that I can get behind but Forbes is reporting that a new operation is in the works to try and purge convicted sex offenders off of online games.

Called Operation: Game Over it is being spearheaded by New York state attorney general Eric Schneidermann and includes companies like: Microsoft, Sony, Disney, Apple, Warner Bros., Electronic Arts, and Blizzard.

While New York state requires that all registered sex offenders supply all their email accounts and other online accounts Schneidermann points out that it very easy for these people to assume new online identities and open new accounts with those identities, which makes it really hard to monitor them.

“We must ensure online video game systems do not become a digital playground for dangerous predators. That means doing everything possible to block sex offenders from using gaming networks as a vehicle to prey on underage victims,” said Schneiderman in a statement. “I applaud all the companies participating in this first-of-its-kind initiative for taking online safety seriously and purging their networks of sex offenders. Together we are making the online community safer for our children, not allowing it to become a 21st century crime scene.”

via VentureBeat

To date the operation has removed over 3,850 accounts that belonged to registered sex offenders.



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