ATTORNEY GENERAL ANDREW CUOMO ANNOUNCES A NEW INITIATIVE TO ENABLE SOCIAL NETWORKING SITES TO ELIMINATE IMAGES OF CHILD PORNOGRAPHY THURSDAY AT THE YMCA IN FAYETTEVILLE
Cuomo visited the YMCA in Fayetteville to talk about his efforts against childpornography and sex offender, one of many news conferences he has given across the state on thatsubject in the past year. The attorney general announced his staff provided a database of8,000 child pornography images to Facebook and MySpace, and those social networking websites haveagreed to use digital technology to prevent those 8,000 images from being posted on theirsites. Cuomo said he will press other social networking sites to do the same. Inapplauding Cuomo at the news conference, Laura Ahearn, executive director of Parents for Megan'sLaw, said there are 100,000 different child pornography images on the Internet at any given time,with hundreds more uploaded daily. Cuomo acknowledged his database will only block a fractionof the child pornography images.
(Syracuse, New York)