No word on if this is just pedophiles, or if it also includes people arrested for public urination, indecency, or being a minor and taking nude photos of yourself.
This just seems like another tired attempt to demonize people who in theory have already paid their debt to society. If we're going to do this, we should follow through on other crimes, too. People convicted of gun offenses should be banned from owning firearms or playing games that involve forearms or drawing pictures of firearms. White collar criminals involved in financial shenanigans (so, all of Wall Street and every bank employee involved in mass forgeries like robosigning) should be banned from working in finance or from touching money.
If a criminal uses the internet to commit a crime, they should be banned from communicating with other people for ever and ever. Right? I mean, we have to protect the children from hearing a convicted sex offender call them a noob during a Call of Duty match. If we don't, the terrorists win.
New York State Attorney General Announces Purge of Sex Offenders From Online Games - Forbes
New York State[/entity] Attorney General Eric Schneiderman announced a sweeping purge of registered sex offenders from online worlds Thursday. In what’s being called Operation: Game Over, his office is cooperating with entertainment giants Microsoft, Disney, Apple, Blizzard, Electronic Arts, Warner Bros. and Sony.
“We must ensure online video game systems do not become a digital playground for dangerous predators. That means doing everything possible to block sex offenders from using gaming networks as a vehicle to prey on underage victims,” said Schneiderman in a statement. “I applaud all the companies participating in this first-of-its-kind initiative for taking online safety seriously and purging their networks of sex offenders. Together we are making the online community safer for our children, not allowing it to become a 21st century crime scene.”