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Facebook’s MySpace moment?

Between 2005 and 2008, MySpace was the highest trafficked site on the web. And then it wasn’t. The beginning of the end for the social networking pioneer can be traced back to 2006 when Connecticut’s Attorney General, Richard Blumenthal, launched an investigation into sexual predators on the site. Forty states’ attorney generals followed suit. By 2008, MySpace agreed to clamp down on sexual predators within its network. A year later, the site shut down nearly 100,000 such profiles. But, it was too little too late. As Karen Webster writes: “By then, MySpace had developed a reputation as the site where perverts hung out. Parents were warned to keep their kids off it. Advertisers began to pull…

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