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Finding sex offenders via Facebook app

A new Facebook app helps you find out who your “friends” really are. It scans your list of “friends” and notifies you if any of them are on the national sex offender register. 

In a world where more friends and more views helps you get your name out there, there’s always the potential for danger. Full Article

Related: This app told me my uncle, roommate, and partner are potential sex offenders

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  1. Bluewall

    I remember there was scene in a movie, one of the minor characters said “Everyone on the internet is a pervert of some kind”.. ummm makes you wonder….

  2. Eric Knight

    You realize that if the app find you via the picture from the CA Sex Offender Registry, that is a civil violation of CA Megan’s Law statutes. This goes for any private site that uses information derived from the site. This would be an interesting class action suit.

    • Jason Wilson

      Yes, but i’m trying to wait to find out if this can be enforced.

  3. Tim

    Another false sense of security. You are shutting out people who have a small chance of causing anyone harm. Instead, you trust the people who are most likely to commit 95% of sex crimes: family, friends the people not on the registry. People need to quit letting the corporations think for them. They are not doing this for your protection, just another way to raid your wallet.

    • j

      and they are simply breaking the law by denying service to victims of the registry.
      What about that?

      • Tim

        As with the law against harassing people on this registry, it’s not enforced.

  4. cool rso guy!

    another class action suit is to actually sue facebook for kicking RSO out.

  5. Barrett littleton

    Facebook’s terms and conditions states that Sex Offenders are prohibited from using facebook. It was reported that I was a sex offender, without any other reason than it was someones outrage that I was there and my account was obliterated. All evidence that I ever existed on FB excised. This included all the photos I had placed there, al posts and other’s posts. I know that there are registered sex offenders who use the site on a regular daily basis and they are not booted of. It apparently requires a complaint to do the banning. An app that FB is using to identify those who are or may be sex offenders apparently is not used internally.

    • Tired of hiding

      I have never used Facebook simply because of the privacy rules in general and I don’t like putting personal information up for the world to see.

      I don’t think ANYONE should use FB. However, going by the TOS that one agrees to prior to creating an account it is stated that sex offenders are not allowed to create accounts.

      • Timmr

        Big Brother is watching you on Facebook. According to The Guardian news service: “Of the 680,000 individuals on that FBI master list, roughly 40% have “no recognized terrorist group affiliation”, according to the Intercept. These individuals don’t even have a connection – as the government loosely defines it – to a designated terrorist group, but they are still branded as suspected terrorists.”
        Not only that, but Facebook is the tool of choice for jihadists recruiting new members. One unsuspecting friending of someone suspected of being a terrorist may land you on a no fly list or some other restriction. In principle, no one should be banned from using the service for legal communication, yet the standards used by the corporation and its partner, the US government, are not evidence based and could land you in trouble.

  6. DR

    I knew of Facebook’s TOS and never used it with my name. I had an account that I would use to communicate with my family as they live in another state. I didn’t have any pictures or any information that would identify me, yet it was taken down. No worries, I’m not a big fan anyway. However, just today my Instagram was taken down. Now I know that FB bought Instagram out, but no where in the Instagram TOS or “Community Guidelines” could I find that RSOs may not create an account. This bugged me more than anything because I have years of pictures that I had on there and now completely gone. It would have been nice to get a warning. Don’t get me wrong, I know some will use social media sites to stalk and harass others, but I had my IG on private settings and only used it to communicate with family. What’s next, kicking us off the web? This is getting ridiculous.

    • Tim E

      I have a FB with real info/pic but it hasn’t been censored,yet. Maybe because I don’t friend anyone I don’t Know.

      • Harry

        Same here Tim, our, college age, daughter some how put a FB page for me and other family members. I do not do anything with it, because I do not understand it and I have no use for it.

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