Today is a good day for court rulings that illuminate our moral standards.
A Louisiana law pushed by Rep. Jeff Thompson effective August 1 will force registered sex offenders to amend their social networking profiles with their legal “statuses.” This builds on the common practice of forcing offenders to disclose their history to neighbours, school districts, employers, massage therapists, postmen, dogs, trees, and pretty much anyone else at risk of being molested, but does not quite meet laws in place in Texas and Illinois prohibiting them from accessing social networking sites altogether.
While this is a reasonable legal move it does raise the question of who needs Facebook so badly they’re willing to let strangers around the world know their “Likes” include, you know, children. If I was a paroled rapist I’d probably just watch TV, is all I’m saying. [Via CNN]