Can sex offenders be on dating sites
(A similar bill was signed into law in Illinois in 2009 and put on hold in California in 2011.) Late last month, Match.com, e Harmony and the Spark Networks signed a "joint statement of business principles" to attempt to screen out registered sex offenders.
First, to the legal concerns: The ACLU filed a lawsuit in response to an earlier version of the Louisiana law, which seemed to apply not only to social networking sites but to , claiming that it was "overbroad" and would infringe upon "free speech rights under the First Amendment." It was already signed into law but was struck down in February on the grounds that it was unconstitutional.
“Match Group has promised to screen against the sex offender registry list for, specifically, Match.com, but has not extended that to the rest of its apps,” said Hillary Flynn with Columbia Journalism Investigations.
A Match Group spokesperson told her team “there are definitely registered sex offenders on our free products.” “Almost all of these attacks occur on the first date,” Flynn said.
In a statement, Match Group called the new report by Columbia Journalism Investigations “inaccurate,” adding, “we do not tolerate sex offenders on our site and spend millions of dollars annually to prevent, monitor and remove bad actors from our apps.” But Dunphy said these dating apps need to do more.Dunphy said she met Mark Papamechail in 2014 on Plenty of Fish, before it was owned by Match Group.She had no idea he was registered as a sex offender with prior rape convictions.Dunphy is one of about 10 million Americans a new investigation finds is one click away from a sexual predator, hiding behind a profile on free dating apps and sites like Tinder, Ok Cupid, Hinge and Plenty of Fish.All of those apps are owned by Match Group, which also runs the fee-based site Match.com, which does scrub users profiles that are found on sex offender registries.Once we're able to verify someone's status as a sex offender, we'll immediately disable their account.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.Dunphy said she felt comfortable and went to Papamechail’s house, where she said he raped her.“Right after it happened, I told a few of my very close friends. She filed a police report and Papamechail was held for two years in county jail. By 2017, Papamechail was back on Plenty of Fish, where he matched with a woman who also told police he raped her.Join me in telling the company to start screening for sexual predators on all of their dating platforms.A new investigation finds many free dating apps don’t screen whether users are registered sex offenders.