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An increasing number of employers are blocking social networking sites, such as MySpace and Facebook, reports The New York Times.

A survey conducted by Barracuda Networks found more than half of businesses block access to the two sites. But it seems there is discrimination between the two, with 43.9 percent blocking MySpace, and only 25.6 percent blocking Facebook. Yet this is not because Facebook is the more trusted site.

"It just appears MySpace is better known," says Dean Drako, Barracuda’s chief executive. "Some of our customers didn’t know what Facebook was."

Survey results also found one in five businesses monitor their employees’ online activities. This number is only expected to rise.

"People are concerned about productivity and offensive content coming from these sources," says Drako.

Despite the findings, whether employees will be more productive without access to the sites is debatable.

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