Jamie Butow

Monday, Jun 25 2012 06:20 PM

Do laws restricting social media use go too far?

By Jamie Butow

All aspects of society are becoming more and more involved in social media, including the criminal justice system. We've all read about law enforcement agencies using social media to track people and solve crimes, but once you're convicted -- depending on where you live and what you're convicted of -- you may be banned from social media or forced to tell everyone online what you did.

For example, in Indiana a federal judge just upheld a state law banning registered sex offenders from accessing Facebook and other social-networking sites used by children.

While Facebook already has policies in place that prohibit convicted sex offenders from using its services, several states are putting the law on the books to give in teeth.

Earlier this year, a federal judge overturned Louisiana's ban, stating that is was too broad and covered too many sites necessary for everyday life.

Lawmakers came back with a new law that takes effect on Aug. 1 mandating that convicted sex offenders and child predators who set up a Facebook or other social networking page will have to post their criminal status in their profile.

While I agree that sex offenders and child predators shouldn't be using social media sites, I think requiring convictions be posted is a little harsh.

What's next, speeding tickets? Parking tickets? Cover images that say "I drove drunk" for those convicted on DUI?

All I'm saying is that it's a slippery slope requireing people to post their misdeeds.

Besides, where would that go? As a milestone in your Timeline? I can see it now: "June 26, 2012. Released from jail."

Sigh.

Facebook pulls a fast one

Ah Facebook, how we love to hate you. Good thing you give us plenty of reasons to do so.

You may not have noticed, but on Monday morning Facebook removed everyone's email address from their profile and replaced it with an @facebook.com email address.

Here's how to easily fix the problem:

Click "About" on your profile and scroll down to your email address. Click "Edit" to change it.

Click on the circle next to your Facebook email address and change its setting to "Hidden From Timeline."

Click on the circle next to your other email addresses and change their settings to "Shown On Timeline."

Click the Save button at the bottom of the Edit popup (don't forget this step).

Sneaky, sneaky Facebook. And shame on you.

'Californian Radio'

You're stuck with me on the radio show this morning. Joining me by phone will be Aimee Guess of SaveAtHomeMommy.com.

Aimee has been on the show before and is a frequent contributer to BakersfieldMom.com.

We'll be talking about her recent trip to CVS headquarters, the different times of year certain items go on sale, and what is and isn't cheaper to buy at warehouse stores.

We'll be taking your calls and questions as well. 'Californian Radio' airs at 9 a.m. weekdays on KERN Radio 1180 AM. Call in: 842-KERN, and watch the live webcast and download the podcast at Bakersfield.com/CalifornianRadio. Stream it live at KernRadio.com.

Photo calendar

Don't forget that we are still collecting submissions for our 2013 Capture Kern County Calendar.

You probably remember our Capture Kern County photo book that was a phenomenal success with thousands of beautiful Kern County photos submitted by readers.

On the heels of that success the contest for a 2013 Capture Kern County calendar was launched.

Post your photos and vote now, and get more information at CaptureKernCounty.com/products.

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Jamie Butow is the community engagement coordinator for the Bakersfield.com Network, a social media junkie and the mom of an active 8-year-old boy. Email her at JButow@bakersfield.com. Follow her at Facebook.com/JamieButow2, Twitter @JamieButow, and on Google+, LinkedIn, Pinterest, Instagram, etc.

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