Gov. Cuomo’s Social Media Proposal Does Not Make Those Sites Safer

By Guy Hamilton Smith . . . Last month, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo unveiled a legislative proposal billed as a way to “prevent convicted sex offenders from using social media accounts, dating apps and video game chat functions to exploit children.”

But Cuomo’s proposal would do little to stop sexual harm on these platforms—and would most likely undermine public safety by creating a false sense of security that plays on popular myths about sexual violence.

Instead, it would simply make it more difficult for people who have been held accountable for a crime to reintegrate into society.

The proposal would make it a crime for people with prior sex crime convictions to misrepresent themselves online, and would require that they disclose their “internet identifiers” to authorities who, in turn, provide that information to social media platforms to potentially exclude them from their user base.


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      Mary Beth Kindt

      Zero evidence is needed for a conviction and peoples lives, families ruined due to false accusations equalling convictions. Shame on you for being part of the problem with wrongful convictions.

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      Joshua Novak

      Packingham vs North Carolina, A United States Supreme Court Case… Someone should send him a copy, than wish him luck on that legislation….. Good luck buddy…

    • #67165 Reply

      While it’s true that SCOTUS denied the state of NC’s restriction on registrants’ social media activity, NC still requires all online identifiers and their associated passwords. A deputy in charge of registration told me I had no privacy.

      • #67167 Reply

        Right. That SCOTUS ruling says that the government cannot ban registrants from using social media. It did not address if they can still collect the identifiers. That would be a different challenge.

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