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House Bill Seeks to ban Teens From Social Networking Sites

are our forums going to be illegal in a few months?

     
7:34 pm on May 15, 2006 (gmt 0)

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A Pennsylvania congressman has introduced legislation that would ban minors from accessing social networking Web sites such as MySpace, and forbid libraries from making such access available

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Within the bill, the definition of "social networking site" is left somewhat vague.

In an effort to prevent minors from viewing child pornography, the bill would bar minors from accessing a social networking site, defined as one that "allows users to create Web pages or profiles that provide information about themselves and are available to other users; and offers a mechanism for communication with other users, such as a forum, chat room, e-mail, or instant messenger."

[foxnews.com...]

My forum has many *many* minors on it. Because of the subject matter, these are a majority of my target audience... :-(

7:37 pm on May 15, 2006 (gmt 0)

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Sounds like it includes E-bay, AOL, Yahoo and email in a defintion that broad. Won't be workable, or pass, but will give him something good to put in his reelection literature on how he "did something" to control the problem.
1:30 am on May 17, 2006 (gmt 0)

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humph - just a publicity stunt as far as I'm concerned
12:34 pm on May 17, 2006 (gmt 0)

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Ban teens from anything that has "a mechanism for communication with other users, such as a forum, chat room, e-mail, or instant messenger"? Not likely... Teens practically invented IM.
12:58 pm on May 17, 2006 (gmt 0)

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eighteen & nineteen..

Now there is something that can encourage them to vote!

9:07 am on May 20, 2006 (gmt 0)

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Good idea. Many forums are corrupting our kids. :D