Sex Offenders To Be Banned from Twitter and Social Network Sites

Pat Quinn, Governor of the State of IllinoisPat Quin, Governour of the State of Illinois, has signed a bill in to law banning all registered sex offenders in the state of Illinois from using social networks. This becomes interesting when keeping in mind the broad spectrum covered by the definition of social networks: any site where someone has to sign up and can create a profile can be considered a social network.

“Social networking website” means an Internet website containing profile web pages of the members of the website that include the names or nicknames of such members, photographs placed on the profile web pages by such members, or any other personal or personally identifying information about such members and links to other profile web pages on social networking websites of friends or associates of such members that can be accessed by other members or visitors to the website. A social networking website provides members of or visitors to such website the ability to leave messages or comments on the profile web page that are visible to all or some visitors to the profile web page and may also include a form of electronic mail for members of the social networking website.

Maybe it would be easier to ban sex offenders from using the internet for a determined period. This period should be decided by a Judge and not by a politician.

Comments

  1. says

    Illinois has instituted some of the toughest controls on telemarketing, especially for offshore call centers. The problem is that Illinois refuses to enforce existing consumer protections. Whenever there is a gap between what’s on the books and reality, we see a fertile ground for corruption.

  2. Robert says

    Also interesting is the broad spectrum in the definition of *sex offender.* These days a person can get that label just from urinated in a public place.

  3. Adult says

    Hi,

    I do some commenting and like a link from the comment, …

    I’m not quite sure where the line is with this and would appreciate your opinion here.

  4. says

    If your comment promote or links to ‘adult pages’, with NSFW images on the main page, we reserve the right to both delete the link and/or the comment. Worse even you might be marked ‘spam’.

  5. says

    The problem is that Illinois refuses to enforce existing consumer protections. Whenever there is a gap between what’s on the books and reality,

  6. says

    I also agree with this. They should really be banned. But banning them from Illinois Social Site or other social site is so generalized. Anything in the internet that you can sign in is considered a social site right? Maybe they should make it more specific. Be specific with the word “Social Network Site” and also with the word “Sex Offenders”. That world is also general. I’m just giving my opinion here.

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