MySpace is yielding to demands by US state justice officials that it expose sexual predators that may be prowling the youth oriented social networking website.
The move ends a standoff between MySpace and top prosecutors from eight US states that had demanded the identities of convicted sex criminals who have posted their profiles on the News Corporation-owned website.
State attorneys general subpoenaed MySpace after the website refused to hand over the data on the grounds that disclosure of the private information was barred by US law.
"Our subpoena compels this information right away within hours not weeks, without delay because it is vital to protecting children," said Connecticut state attorney general Richard Blumenthal.
"MySpace has decided to do the right thing, but additional steps are necessary, such as age verification, to protect children from predators on social networking sites."