A new Louisiana law — the first of its kind in the country — orders convicted sex offenders and child predators to publicly spell out their criminal status on social networking sites.
The man behind the bill, State Rep. Jeff Thompson, said the law was important because websites don't do a good enough job policing offenders on their own. For example, Facebook's Statement of Rights and Responsibilities technically bans sex offenders from using the site, along with prohibiting children under 13. Still, as we know, millions of little kids are merrily Facebooking away anyway. "I don't want to leave in the hands of social network or Facebook administrators, 'Gee, I hope someone is telling the truth,'" Thompson told CNN. "This is another tool for prosecutors."