Facebook has removed 5,500 sex offenders since May

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

Connecticut's attorney general says the world's largest social networking site is working to boot an unwanted element.

Attorney General Richard Blumenthal says Facebook has removed more than 5,500 convicted sex offenders from its member rolls since May.

Facebook claims to have more than 175 million active members.

Blumenthal, along with North Carolina Attorney General Roy Cooper has led an effort remove sex offenders from the social networking Web sites. He says Facebook has an "equal stake in the predator problem and its solution."

Chris Kelly, Facebook's chief privacy officer, says a focus on members using their real names and identities helps discourage sex offenders, and even more is being planned to prevent them from registering.

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