This was all a hoax, but should this or a similar practice be used to identify sex offenders while they are online so they are easily identified?
The image shown was originally posted by the entertainment Facebook group UberTruths, but the photograph and concept soon became the basis for similar stories posted on fake news web sites such as the News Examiner, WIT Science, and Huzlers:
At a press conference this morning, Facebook announced new steps in its efforts to protect minors from pedophiles and other sexual deviants on the popular social media website.
“As some of you may have already noticed, registered sex offenders on Facebook now have the colors of a transparent rainbow covering their entire profile image,” Facebook spokesman Paul Horner told reporters. “This will make sexual predators easily identifiable to the community and help keep your children safe.”
This explanation was just one big jape. Many Facebook users did change their profile pictures to incorporate transparent rainbows; but as noted above, they were simply celebrating the just-announced Supreme Court decision legalizing gay marriage throughout the United States.