On Thursday, Illinois lawmakers signed a law that bans registered sex offenders from using social networks. The law, of course, aims to prevent offenders from victimizing those they might find on a social network such as Facebook, MySpace, or Twitter.
Interestingly, they define social network as "an Internet website containing profile web pages of the members of the website that include the names or nicknames of such members . . . or any other personal or personally identifying information about such members." You know as well as I do how many websites that defines nowadays, with more sites adding a social aspect to keep up with the times.
The powers-that-be appear to be growing more aware of the impact of social networks, and are responding accordingly — see the US Marines' ban. This law, though, has a different purpose entirely: protection of minors. Do you think it will be effective?