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MySpace co-founder: That place was 'a cesspool'

Remember your dear ol' buddy Tom Anderson? I certainly hope you do — he was the first friend you had on MySpace.Anderson left MySpace back in 2009 and nowadays he's seeing other social networks — and sharing his thoughts about them, as well as the site he co-founded so many years ago.In a recent Google+ post, Anderson discussed the photo-censoring habits of social networks and the importanc
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Remember your dear ol' buddy Tom Anderson? I certainly hope you do — he was the first friend you had on MySpace.

Anderson left MySpace back in 2009 and nowadays he's seeing other social networks — and sharing his thoughts about them, as well as the site he co-founded so many years ago.

In a recent Google+ post, Anderson discussed the photo-censoring habits of social networks and the importance of removing offensive photos. He specifically called out TechCrunch columnist MG Siegler for complaining about having a profile photo — in which he is addressing the camera with a rude hand gesture — removed from Google+ without any warning before discussing how MySpace dealt with questionable images:

I would respectfully submit that we, the users of Google+ (and Facebook or Twitter) don't need to see you flipping us off, nor do we need to see you naked, or displaying something else generally considered offensive. When a social network let's that stuff slide, it turns into a cesspool that no one wants to visit ... sorta like MySpace was. 

Ouch! That's a pretty harsh thing for a man to say about his abandoned virtual child. But Anderson had a good justification for the criticism:

It was very difficult [at] MySpace to keep up with the "offensive" photos, and we had decent technology and many warm bodies on the case. (In fact, I'd guess the average person would be shocked how much time and resources we had to put into trying to stop that.) [...] Things that seem simple are not as soon as you have 10s of millions of users.

This isn't the first time Anderson has said something about MySpace that made us gasp. Previously he pointed out that "like most of you, [he doesn't] like using [MySpace] anymore" after being questioned as to why he has a Facebook profile.

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