This just in: The inmates will not be running the asylum. The Financial Times reports this morning that MySpace, a division of media giant News Corp, has kicked some 200,000 “friends” off the site for posting objectional material:
Ross Levinsohn, head of News Corp’s internet division, said some of the material taken down contained “hate speech”. Some of it, he said, was “too risqué”. “It’s a problem that’s endemic to the internet – not just MySpace,” Mr Levinsohn said. “The site, in the last two months, I think has become safer.”
But even as MySpace cleans up the site in reponse to pressure from “teachers and parents,” News Corp president Peter Chernin says, “We do not want users to have any sense that it is corporatised.” That’s going to require a tricky balancing act and, I would think, a narrower definition of the site’s target audience.