New Laws Targetting Facebook, Social Networks and Dating sites.

Check out this new proposed law from New York.     If you are a company that is either directly or indirectly in the business of dating,  ie  letting strangers in New York talk to other Strangers in New York  you are now supposed to do a brackground check  or put up big warning text if someone from New York Registered and you haven’t done a background check on them.

The proposed law is so broad that any site allowing you to meet strangers falls under the definition.

” (B) “internet dating service” means a person or entity directly or indirectly in the business, for profit, of offering, promoting or providing access to dating, relationship, compatibility, matrimonial or social referral services principally on or through the internet.”

Sites like facebook actually generate more relationships and marriages than the entire dating industry combined,  at least according to the large studies we’ve conducted.   Facebook also has many dating apps on their platform that allows strangers to meet and date.   Social networks like Tagged.com link to dating sites(zoosk) directly from their main menu.   It would be extremely hard for Facebook and tagged to argue they are not “indirectly in the business of dating”.

Unfortunately this isn’t unique to New York  as several other states are trying to pass similar laws or they have already been passed.  This similar law passed in Texas already forces Facebook to provide warnings to users on signup…. If facebook doesn’t put up a warning than it is on the hook for $750 per user registered in new york.   Lets say  Faceook has 10 million people from New York that is a fine of  $7.50 BILLION dollars.

36 Responses to “New Laws Targetting Facebook, Social Networks and Dating sites.”

  1. April Braswell Says:

    Hi Markus,

    I knew about the case with the Los Angeles lawyer and the sexual assault issue with a man she met via Match.com. The latest requirement is that the dating sites must check the DB of known sex offenders. However, I hadn’t been yet aware of this very broad NY law. And I will definitely look in the TX law. Thank you for bringing that to our attention. I am a strong believer and proponent of practicing personal privacy and safety behaviors with all things dating and social networking. However, I also believe we are safest with not expecting others to do all that for us. Namely, I have no idea how high quality a background check is until I have hired the P.I. myself.

    Thanks for the heads up!

    April Braswell

  2. Brian Broadbent Says:

    The other problem is that they will pass this law then leave it in limbo. New York has other laws regarding dating services that haven’t been touched in almost 20 years. The state also has selective memory on which entities to go after. There have been people violating the NY state price cap for years. Others haven’t been as lucky.

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  5. Deadbeat Millionaire Says:

    What kills me about this is that these are the same people that scream for less regulation and less government interference in some areas but turn around and allow government to interfere in other areas and personal lives.

    I can understand the safety concern of it all, but I really hope this bill goes down in flames.

  6. himagain Says:

    I hope Markus does look in here from time-2-time!

    I have often referred people directly to P>O>F and this looks like (at a stretch) – I could be held “responsible”!!!

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    WOOPS! I left out in my last post:

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    What a stupid “law” ! So eveytime someone from NY signs up for any service, dating, messaging, email, any social interaction – they are supposed to be reminded like children that knucklheads exist and that they should use common sence and don’t talk to strangers – oops make that “hi my name is Sheila – now give me your personal information so i can do a backgraoud check on you” . And now to hold site owners accountable for the actions of their users? Is NY offering to foot the bill for background checks? Another great topic for Parodyweb.com when I have time. What about Google – is it not searched, displays recommended results, and thereby facilitating dating services? Yup – they would have to put a big banner on top – here are your search results – please do a background check. I need to get into the NY discount background check business.

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