MySpace Plans New Restrictions

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It's the latest effort to make MySpace safer for its younger users.

The social networking site is planning to set into place new restrictions on how adults may contact its younger users.

The site already prohibits kids 13 and under from setting up accounts and displays only partial profiles for those registered as 14 or 15 years old.

But under the new changes, MySpace users who are 18 or over can no longer ask to be on a 14 or 15-year-old's friends' list, unless they already know either the youngster's e-mail address or full name.

The new rules are to be announced today and will take effect next week. One hole in the system though: MySpace has no mechanism to make sure users submit their true age when they register to use the site.

MySpace has recently become a target of parents, schools and law enforcement officials concerned that teens who hang out at MySpace
can fall victim to sexual predators.

Just this week, a 14-year-old Austin girl says she was sexually assaulted by a 19-year-old user from nearby Buda. She's suing MySpace and News Corporation for 30 (M) million dollars in damages.