Since Facebook is a privately owned company, the social networking site is free to exclude registered sex offenders, but the state of North Carolina could not do so under this statute.
Facebook does, in fact, currently ban sex offenders from the site, although whether or not these restrictions are ever actually enforced is questionable.
The father of Lauryn “Pumpkin” Shannon, 14, is unknown.
A source once told the National Enquirer, “There are all kinds of family stories about who Lauryn's dad is.
The authorities knew that he was staying here and he was always up-front with me about his record and I trusted him fully around my family.On Facebook’s Rights and Responsibilities, under their registration guidelines it states that “You will not use Facebook if you are a convicted sex offender.” However, it also says, “You will not create more than one account” and “You will not provide any false personal information on Facebook.” Since we now know that over 83 million accounts on Facebook are fake, these “rules” might sound satisfying in theory, but they are completely impossible to enforce.It seems as if Facebook users are operating under some kind of honor system which no one actually upholds.Michael Anthony Ford, dad to Jessica “Chubbs” Shannon, 15, spent more than two years in prison for the sexual exploitation of a child over the Internet.The conviction put him on the sex offender registry.