In order to curb the ever growing danger of sex related crimes via social media, the state of Louisiana has introduced a new law which prohibits sex offenders from using social networking websites.
Under the new law, ‘House Bill 55′ any person who has been convicted for sexual abuse offenses like Indecent behavior with juveniles, Computer-aided solicitation of a minor, Video voyeurism and certain other offenses.
House Bill 55 makes sure that every loophole has been covered and has banned sex offenders from using the following services:
Internet Chat Rooms: Sex offenders cannot use any websites that allows them to broadcast messages to the general public via the Internet.
Social Networking Websites: Any social network like Facebook, Google + or Twitter has been banned for sex offenders. They are not allowed to create pages, chat or reply on forums after the new rule comes into affect.
Peer to peer networks: The law prohibits the use of any server where files are shared between systems on a network for the offenders.
Offenders who break this law will have to pay a hefty fine of $10,000 for the first offense and may have to serve a jail term of up to 10 years. On the second offense, the fine doubles to $ 20,000 and up to 20 years in prison.
There have been many instances in the past where rapists have used social media as a mean of luring innocent victims. With the new law, Louisiana users can expect a more safer online environment in the future.