Building a Safer MySpace

News Corp.'s online social network has come a long way in setting safeguards to protect minors, but the work is only starting

Weeks into his tenure as safety czar of social network MySpace, Hemanshu Nigam already had his hands full. MySpace had been slapped with a $30 million lawsuit concerning a 14-year-old Texas girl who said she was assaulted by a predator she met on MySpace. Lawmakers were lobbying to have social networks banned from schools and libraries. Now, weeks before Nigam's first anniversary as MySpace chief security officer, the pressure is even greater. News Corp.'s (NWS) rapidly growing social network now faces four new lawsuits from the same Texas law firm, Barry & Loewy, that sued MySpace last June.

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