Leading internet scholars at Harvard Law School will head a task force exploring the safety of users at MySpace and other popular internet hangouts, amid growing fears that youngsters have become targets of sexual predators online.

The creation of the Internet Safety Technical Task Force is part of an agreement that MySpace, a unit of News Corp., reached with all state attorneys general except Texas's in January.

Initial participants include leading internet companies such as Google Inc., Microsoft Corp., Yahoo Inc., Time Warner Inc.'s AOL, and MySpace rival Facebook, along with internet access providers and nonprofit groups.

The task force will have a...

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