Tuesday, August 06, 2019
Could tech companies replicate s.o. registry laws with their own "social credit" blacklists, given current uproar over right wing extremism?
I haven’t talked much about the idea of keeping convicted sex offenders from having Internet access after they serve their sentences (as part of registration), but the Los Angeles Times offered an editorial on June 23, 2017 about the matter, link here.
This concerned the Supreme Court’s striking down a North Carolina law which led to the re-arrest of a previously convicted offender for using Facebook.
The Court had argued that persons should be able to use the Internet for more mundane uses, like job searches.
But there is another angle. Given all the pressure on tech companies to cut down on extremism (especially from the alt-right) and also new liabilities imposed on them by developments in Europe, we may have a day when tech companies have their own requirements of “social credit” to have an account at all.