Congressman introduces bill to block Facebook

“Republican members of the U.S. House of Representatives have proposed legislation that would require schools and libraries to prohibit access to social networking sites.

The bill, introduced Tuesday by Rep. Michael G. Fitzpatrick (R-Pennsylvania) and supported by members of a coalition of Republicans calling itself the Suburban Caucus, would oblige schools and libraries that receive federal support to implement systems that prevent minors from viewing obscene and objectionable material online.”

Source: Red Herring

I don’t think that legislating prohibition at school will produce significant changes in how sites like Facebook and MySpace are used. If anything, it will only increase the digital divide, as students who only have computer access at school or libaries would no longer be able to access any website deemed “social networking.” danah boyd agrees.

But hey, it’s an election year.