Can sex offenders be on dating sites

The more than 10 million Americans using dating sites are just a swipe away from a sexual predator.

The man who raped me had been held for over two and a half years in county jail.

“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.

A new investigation finds many free dating apps don’t screen whether users are registered sex offenders.What's more, the breadth of these restrictions, and the inexactness of who is targeted, raise an issue unlikely to garner much sympathy: fairness to sex offenders. Schneiderman announced that through an initiative dubbed "Operation: Game Over," several major gaming companies had removed the profiles of more than 3,500 registered sex offenders in the state.The day before, a Louisiana bill forbidding registered sex offenders from using social networking sites was approved by a state House committee.OK, so banning sex offenders from accessing most sites on the Web is unconstitutional, but what about banning them in more limited ways?Constitutionally speaking, where can the line be drawn?When he was released, he went back on Plenty of Fish looking for more women to attack. Shortly after matching with this man, another woman reported to police that she had been raped by him.Match Group has created a feeding ground for heinous sexual predators, and we are the bait. I spent weeks of my life searching for his profile.We expect that when we put ourselves on these apps in hopes of finding connection, companies have done the bare minimum to keep us safe. Match Group is allowing anyone their apps – and it’s dangerous and reckless.It’s time to demand that Match Group step up to protect its users.A case against him was dropped after that woman died the next year.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.

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