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Facebook’s New App Uncovers Your Sex Offender Friends

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (March 14, 2014) — A warning not only for parents, but for anyone using social media. Do you really know who all of your friends on Facebook are?

The app is called Friend Verifier App, and it’s making an offender’s past harder to hide.

FOX 17 tested the Facebook application ourselves on Friday to see how it works.

You get a choice of two buttons where you are prompted to scan your friends or scan your friend requests. That’s when the power of this new tool goes to work, pouring through statewide databases to cross check them with your friends.

In an instant, your entire Facebook friends list is filtered through the national sex offender registry. Within seconds, your search results are returned to your screen.

We tested the app on a profile from one of our FOX 17 employees. In the app, friends are categorized into colors. Yellow means it’s extremely unlikely the person matches a name on the sex offender registry. The color pink means a likely match.

On the account we checked, there was a match for a west Michigan man’s. By clicking on the name, a profile shows his address, age and crime.  This man’s conviction was for possessing child pornography.

This is just one example of someone who could be on you or your child’s friend’s list, and have no idea they’re in touch with a possible predator.

There is a disclaimer on the friend verifier app. It says the site can’t guarantee every record is accurate.  You need to make sure you tap the match button for more details including full name, description, and mugshot. There is a chance that they may just have a similar name.

 

 

7 comments

  • Ken r

    How fucking invasive
    They are going to make it so they have to commit crimes to get by
    You can never finish paying for a crime in michigan

  • braich

    The foolish thing about this app is that it lulls parents into a false sense of security. Most sex crimes are committed by a person well known and who has physical access to the "victim" such as an uncle, step dad, cousin, neighbor, baby sitter, coach, youth group director, etcetera. Secondly, 97% of new sex crimes are committed by people NOT on the registry. FB is watching the wrong people. David Bradt of Colonie, NY was not registered but lured dozens of underaged girls to his place for drugs and sex. How come this app didn't help them? Here is a very good article about the topic. It is long but worth the read:
    https://medium.com/matter/f121382adebb

  • GUEST

    SO IF YOU BUSTED FOR TAKING A PISS BEHIND A TREE WENT YOU WERE A TEENAGER THIS APP. IS GOING TO PUT A LABEL ON YOU……IT'S JUST NOT RIGHT. NOT SAYING IT'S NOT A GOOD IDEA, OR GOOD INTENTIONS, BUT THE INFORMATION IS TOO LIKELY TO BE FLAWED. OR EVEN INCORRECT.

  • once fallen RSO

    Relying on this software is a foolish game. After all, a smart criminal determined to reoffend would simply not use hs real name or face. It will not determine who is not on a registry but is a threat to you or someone you love.

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