NY Boots Sex Offenders Off Facebook, MySpace
Thousands of accounts disabled in social networking sweep
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Dec 1, 2009 6:32 AM CST
New York's "e-STOP" law requires convicted sex offenders to provide the state with their email addresses and online profiles.   (Shutter Stock)

(Newser) – Thousands of sex offenders in New York have had their Facebook and MySpace accounts disabled in the first big sweep under a state law targeting online predators. Some 3,500 registered offenders have been kicked off the sites in recent weeks, sources tell the New York Daily News. Their names have been sent to authorities who will determine whether they violated parole conditions by using the sites.

It's the first sweep of registered sex offenders on social networking sites under a 2008 law aggressively pushed by Attorney General Andrew Cuomo.