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Should convicts be on social media? Facebook stands up for prisoner accounts

This article reports on Facebook's decision to change its policy with regards to prisoners' pages. Prior to the revision, prisons could have inmates pages deleted without cause. Now, Facebook requires officials to provide a justification for deleting a profile, which can still be managed outside of the prison by family or friends.

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Facebook has made an important change about how it treats users who are in prison. While past policy allowed prison authorities to delete inmates’ accounts effectively at will, the social network now requires them to explain why the prison wants to erase an account.

The change coincides with a new debate over when, or if, prisoners should be allowed to use the internet and social media. Read more...