Louisiana law requires sex offenders to wear t-shirts with a scarlet letter . That could be the headline anyway. Doesn’t it strike you as a bit extreme that in addition to knocking on your neighbor’s doors to let them know you are a convicted sex offender, now, Louisiana wants to make sure you put that in your Facebook status? If, for example, a gentlemen was caught urinating in public–this is a sex offense in many states, he’d be on the list, have to let everyone in his neighborhood know, and now, everyone in his social network, too. Don’t worry: Facebook has no problem with this. They say they don’t allow sex offenders to have profiles in the first place.
I get the comparison, and even the motivation, but this step may actually show just why this law goes to far in the first place.