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South Carolina Might Ban Facebook in Prisons

prison fenceSouth Carolina Democrat Wendell Gilliard has introduced a bill that, if passed, would bar the state's prisoners from using Facebook, or any other social networking site. The bill would penalize offenders with a $500 fine, and an extra 30 days in jail. According to GIlliard, social media allow some prisoners to continue criminal operations from behind bars, thereby putting others at risk. "The inmates have been using social networking to put coded messages out about where money is to be found, who turned them in, wanting revenge," he told Reuters. "It's putting innocent people's lives at stake."

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