Facebook Boots Off Almost 5600 Sex Offenders; Don't You Feel Safer Now?

from the now-that-that's-out-of-the-way dept

Facebook says it's cleared about 5600 sex offenders from its userbase, following the big push from a bunch of state attorneys general. The figure's being compared to the 90,000 people that MySpace said it kicked off, leading to some speculation that Facebook isn't trying hard enough; its chief privacy offer says its requirement that people use their real names could deter sex offenders from registering in the first place. If these people Facebook has identified are using the site in violation of their parole or other restrictions, it's good they're being exposed. But the real problem here is that finding sex offenders on social networks and kicking them off is being misconstrued as the ultimate protection for kids. The actual threat posed by sex offenders on web sites is often exaggerated by politicians, and this sort of find-'em-and-ban-'em response causes some actual ways to keep kids safer online to be overlooked, in favor of non-existent magic bullets.

Filed Under: bans, sex offenders, social networks
Companies: facebook

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    Thomas, 22 Dec 2011 @ 1:19pm


    I have to agree with you here, i am a convicted offender for something that i was only convicted do to it being an election year and a shitty attorney. i had done my time but facebook has also banned me for this ridiculousness!!! I had invested over 5 years into facebook and i managed 4 different company profiles that they also removed since they were linked to me. this is ridiculous that anyone has the right to deny someone from their past discretion's.

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