Imagine a little boy playing Xbox Live with a registered sex offender, a girl striking up a Facebook friendship with a child molester, a member going on a date with a convicted rapist.
Of note as well, her attorney, Mark Webb took on her case pro bono.
In addition to Match.com, the online dating sites who agreed to the above terms include e and Spark Networks (which operates online dating sites including JDate and Christian Mingle).
Three leading online dating services have begun screening for sex offenders and other criminals in a joint effort with the state attorney general’s office to make it safer for consumers to search for romantic partners over the Internet.
Online dating pioneer Match.com, along with e Harmony and Spark Networks, the operator of such websites as Black Singles and Christian Mingle, announced Tuesday that they will step up efforts to weed out sexual predators, financial scammers and identity thieves from their membership bases.
Initially the new restrictions received widespread support and were viewed as a milestone in cyber security and a win for public safety. He goes on to say, "The law violates the First Amendment's guarantee of free speech, and it is unconstitutional on its face and as applied.” Attorney General Roy Cooper whose office represented the state in this case had this to say about the judges’ criticism of the law.