Internet dating and pedifiles

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.

These are just a few of the both real world and imagined scenarios that have inspired attempts in recent weeks to restrict registered sex offenders from social networking, virtual gaming and online dating.

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.

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But Leech wants other protections, like giving users alerts about potential risks before they ever begin chatting with strangers.

Is this scaremongering, or is online dating truly putting users in danger?

More than 8 billion matches have been made since Tinder launched three years ago.

Chris Powers, a popular online personality known for his provocative social experiments on You Tube, helped us learn just how reckless some women could be.

Crime Watch Daily investigates: Would you go into a Vegas hotel room alone with a stranger you just met on a dating app?

Last modified 02-Sep-2016 15:56