Facebook App Tells You If You’re Friends With A Sex Offender (Video)

| by Sarah Fruchtnicht

A free Facebook app will check your friends list against the National Sex Offender Registry.

The “Friend Verifier App” is being praised by parents.

"I think it will be great because kids are always adding friends. It's a contest to see who has the most friends,” parent Susan Bullock told WPTV.

“It can be a definite prevention and protection tool to used for your children,” Christen Young told ABC 22.

"It's kind of weird like seeing your friends pop up on there," Jackie Ouellett said.

"That brings attention to someone that you might think you know them but maybe they're not who you think they are," said Young.

But just because a name matches a name of the registry doesn’t mean that’s actually your friend.

The “Friend Verifier App,” much like the Family Watchdog map of registered sex offenders, color codes results. Yellow means a name match. Orange means that both name and location match. Red means the friend's name, location and date of birth matches a sex offender's.

According to the app’s Facebook page, they received 2 million scans in one day Friday. A number of commenters said they couldn’t get any results.

“We are experiencing a little bit of lag on our bandwidth due to so many people trying to access the app all at once. We are working on increasing our bandwidth and will keep everyone updated. Thank you for sticking with us and stay safe!” the app posted.

Rumor has it that the app will be expanding to Twitter this summer, according to ABC 22.

Sources: New York Daily News, WPTV, ABC 22