State of the State: Sexual Predators and Social Media

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A woman types on a keyboard in New York in October, 2019. (AP Photo/Jenny Kane)

ALBANY, N.Y. (NEWS10)  – As a part of the 2020 State of the State address, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo proposed legislation to prevent sexual predators from using new social media.

The new legislation would force sexual predators to disclose their screen names for each social media account or dating/gaming app they are on to the Division of Criminal Justice Services.

Current laws only require sex offenders to register and keep up to date all current email accounts, screen names and any other internet identifiers with the state Division of Criminal Justice Services.

DCJS will send their list to any provider that the offender discloses, and the provider will be required to review this data, develop policies on how to use it, and release this policy publically to their users.

The new legislation would also make it a crime for convicted sex offenders to misrepresent themselves online.

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