Tagged.com accused of allowing child pornNew York state's Attorney General says his office is ready to sue Tagged.com, a social networking site for teens, if it doesn't immediately address the problem of user profiles the state says suggest and advocate pedophilia.

Andrew M. Cuomo's allegations are a warning to consumers that Tagged.com includes graphic images of children in sexually explicit poses, and may put safety at risk. In a letter to Tagged founder and CEO Greg Tseng, the Attorney General accuses the website of failing to respond to multiple user reports about child pornography and sexual solicitation of minors by adults.

"Despite the safety claims listed on its very own website, Tagged.com repeatedly looks the other way when sexually explicit material is sent to its underage users," said Cuomo in a public statement. "This type of activity on the Internet poses a threat to children everywhere and parents must be aware of the dangerous security lapses."

The three-month investigation, spurred by a consumer complaint that Tagged was non-responsive to alerts of offensive content, involved undercover accounts created by state investigators and made to appear as if they belonged to both underage and adult users. Using the reporting mechanisms Tagged recommends to its own members, AG detectives made more than 100 reports concerning at least 80 users regarding inappropriate or illegal content.

The reports included examples of slideshows of children, some of whom appeared to be as young as five, in sexually revealing poses, adults propositioning minors online, pedophilia and incest advocacy, and sex-themed groups that welcomed underage users.

The site claims 80 milllion members and 25 million monthly visitors. Almost a year ago, the New York AG's office accused the site of stealing tens of millions of e-mail addresses and spamming them. The site settled with the state for $500,000, and with the Texas AG's office for $250,000, and said it would reform its privacy practices.

According to a traffic analysis using Alexa, about 20% of Tagged.com's traffic comes from the United States. It is particularly popular in Kenya, Iraq, Tunisia, Malaysia and Sudan, according to the analysis. Though the site markets to teens, the site's demographics skew toward males ages 45-64, according to Alexa.

Tagged.com did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

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