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Louisiana Law Says Sex Offenders Must Notify Social Media Websites

Thursday, 21 Jun 2012 10:13 AM

By Patrick Hobin

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Under a new Louisiana law, sex offenders will have to notify social media websites of their presence, according to Fox News.

The state tried to ban sex offenders from social media sites such as Facebook, but that measure failed. Now, sex offenders will have to alert the online community of their criminal past, similar to the requirement of notifying a neighborhood when they move in. Sex offenders face up to 10 years in prison if they fail to make the proper online notification.

"In today's society, people come into our homes via the Internet, whether it's Facebook or Pinterest or Instagram," Rep. Jeff Thompson, said, according to Fox News. "We should have the same information available."

The Louisiana Republican added, "This provides prosecutors with another tool to make sure that those people which intend harm to our children are going to face the consequences.”

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