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    This is not something that can be defended. You can't disallow people their civil rights once they are no longer on probation. You can pass laws (which they should) increasing penalties for using social media to abuse children but you cannot start banning people because of past criminal records. You do this and the dominos will start to fall. First rapists, then S&M mistresses then high risk sexual acrobats, then gays, then people who like nude beaches, then people who are not married but having sex, then people..........and on and on and on and the next thing you know only Baptists or Mormons or Catholics get us social media. Is that really the result you want? Of course it's what the religious zealots want but it's not what I want. I would like to see Facebook and other social media be required to spend some of their mammoth profit for more monitoring of their sites but you can't ban people who are not under the jurisdiction of the court. That's just not constitutional.
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    What's your view on criminals or felons owning a firearm? I do agree with you that it could be a slippery slope but once your a felon and broken the law doesn't it mean you have given up some of your rights?
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    @Libertyiskey Certain felons can apply to have their rights restored and it does happen. I know a guy who got busted for pot possession many years ago who applied and got his rights to own a gun back. But we are speaking to first amendment rights here and I just don't see how that we can pass laws governing those rights for social media as a state or country. Facebook certainly can since every site has the right to control content. But as a govt function? I certainly hope it's not come to this. Let me ask you this. I don't watch Porn. Outgrew it years ago. Last week when there was an article about the school teacher who was fired for making porno movies several years before, on a whim, without thinking, I looked her up. Now My IP address is listed as having watched porn. I watched about a minute of a three minute clip. that was easy to find on google. Now there are those that would say I'm a pervert for doing that. You ban people for their past on Facebook by govt law and it won't be long until everyone who has ever clicked on a porn clip will be banned as well. Is that the slippery slope we want to be going down? I don't care nor need to know about your sex life providing it doesn't have to do with kids. But because you and I may not agree politically I'm not going to assume you are a pervert. HOWEVER there are many millions on either side today who will make that assumption based on nothing more than that. I just don't want to open that can of worms. It smacks of the USSR.
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    @jessejaymes I can agree with that. For the sake of discussion what if the offender convicted of the sex offense used Facebook to get to the kid?
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    @Libertyiskey I may be wrong but I think almost any crime can be acclimated by penalty for using a specific avenue to do so. I'm basing this on California law that adds 5 years to a conviction if a gun is used in the commission of that crime. Seems like that has been upheld by the courts. Isn't it the same thing?
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    @jessejaymes I'm not sure I'm following you, so banning them from Facebook if they used it would be like the same as the other crimes? I'm not too prideful to admit I'm having trouble understanding you. If that is what you mean we are in agreement.
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    It's nice to say that child predators shouldn't be allowed on Facebook but how do you propose to enforce it? They can access the internet for free at coffee shops and the library and open an account instantly. There is no way to enforce such a decree, the best path is to prosecute them when you find out they are using social networks and chat rooms to find new victims. The same could be done to enforce a Assault Rifle ban by making the penalties way higher for using such weapons in crimes but everytime this is mentioned the NRA goes insane and blocks any attempt at these laws.
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    Why not? There are murderers, spree killers, rapists, robbers, white collar criminals, and all sorts of low-lifes on Facebook and other social networks. It's up to users of the cyberspace service to beware, just as they must be in everyday life elsewhere.
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    If Facebook decides on their own to ban registered sex offenders from registering, would that be unconstitutional too?
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    Despite the best efforts of Mark Zuckerberg, Facebook and its billion members isn't quite a government - yet.
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    @DARSB If a business can post "No Shirt, No Shoes, No Service" or "We Reserve the Right to Refuse Service to Anyone" and those are not unconstitutional, then why is it unconstitutional for an online business to refuse service to registered sex offenders?
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    @Dan_Tien It isn't. It is unconstitutional for the government to do it, though, unless certain criteria are met. As I read the article, the law itself was not up to constitutional muster.
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    Im not defending sex offenders but not all are child molesters facebook your suppose to be 18 yrs old we know many kids lie about there age to have facebook so a social media site that is for adults shouldnt be allowed to ban anyone and preditors will find children no matter where there at or a site they are or arent on
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    Hi everyone!

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  • #100
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    Depends now wait to b fair there are some wrongly charged OK its a fact but I think it depends on the facts if they set certain rules like can't fb with children have there fb accounts moniterd to make sure that they have no contact with children and if they get caught then they should have strong consiquenses!!!!!
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    this is a stupid question. not only should pedo's not be allowed on Facebook, they should have been executed upon conviction so no more children's live would be destroyed by their sick disgusting perversions.
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    Not all sex offenders are "pedos". In fact, if you take a look at your state's registry, you'll see that those with offenses involving children are in the minority. Many labeled as "sex offender" and vilified by society aren't and shouldn't be. The question before the court in Indiana wasn't whether pedophiles should have access to Facebook, but whether the entire category of sex offenders should be excluded from all social media.
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    I'd sure like to see more posts supporting Facebooks ability to decide who should and who shouldn't be on it. Isn't the Government deciding who can access a business and whom can't oppressive to its People?
    Sounds like Communism to me.
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