The California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation said it will turn over to Facebook account information it gathers on prison inmates who have updated their pages since being put behind bars. Facebook will then wipe out their pages for violating the company’s user policies.
“Access to social media allows inmates to circumvent our monitoring process and continue to engage in criminal activity,” CDCR Secretary Matthew Cate said in a statement. “This new cooperation between law enforcement and Facebook will help protect the community and potentially avoid future victims.”
Although it’s not illegal for inmates to keep Facebook profiles which were created prior to incarceration, they are prohibited from updating them while on the inside. However, California prison authorities say there is ample evidence of inmates who maintain active Facebook accounts – either from inside jail or with the help of someone on the outside working on the prisoner’s behalf.
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