The alleged predator has pleaded not guilty to multiple charges of soliciting a minor.
"The manner and speed with which they contacted us gave us the ability to respond as soon as possible," said Duncan, one of a half-dozen law enforcement officials interviewed who praised Facebook for triggering inquiries.
San FRANCISCO (Reuters) - On March 9 of this year, a piece of Facebook software spotted something suspicious.
Yet even though defensive techniques are now available and effective they can be expensive.
They can also alienate some of a site's target audience -- especially teen users who expect more freedom of expression.
So it's not easy, but if it's really important to both of you, and both of you work at it, it can have a good outcome.
Question from Lois: What about trips that are only for singles?
Some people get a little weirded out when they hear the word "counselling." That's OK.
Basically, counselling is about talking to someone who knows a lot about many different issues that teens face.
Facebook is among the many companies that are embracing a combination of new technologies and human monitoring to thwart sex predators.
Such efforts generally start with automated screening for inappropriate language and exchanges of personal information, and extend to using the records of convicted pedophiles' online chats to teach the software what to seek out.
Do something where you'll have something to talk about. On the other hand, you don't want to put your date, yourself or your son in embarrassing situations. Question from Denise: Are online dating sites good ways to meet people? You have to try different sites to see which ones feel comfortable for you, and which ones have tools that you think will create a better chance of a good relationship. But I think third date it starts to up the ante, and by the fifth date there is some pressure for some sexuality.