NY kicks sex offenders off Facebook, MySpace

(AP) - Authorities say more than 3,500 sex offendersregistered in New York have been kicked off Facebook and MySpace asthe result of a new state law.

In 2008, New York began requiring sex crime convicts to registertheir e-mail addresses, as well as their dwellings, as part of anattempt to track them in cyberspace.

Both MySpace and Facebook have policies banning sex offendersfrom using their services. But identifying convicts is sometimescomplicated.

The task got easier when New York began turning over its newregistry data to the social networking sites, which then used it topurge offenders from the system.

State Attorney General Andrew Cuomo says the hightally shows that New York's new law is working.

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