The U.S. Supreme Court struck down a law barring convicted sex offenders from Facebook, Twitter and other social media sites. The AP reports that the court ruled unanimously to strike down a 2008 North Carolina law aimed at keeping sex offenders off Internet sites that might be used by children.
The court ruled in favor of Lester Packingham Jr., who was convicted of violating the North Carolina law after boasting on Facebook about beating a traffic ticket.
“The court rejected the state’s argument that the law deals with the virtual world in the same way that states keep sex offenders out of playgrounds and other places children visit,” the AP reports.
In his majority opinion, Justice Anthony Kennedy wrote: “In sum, to foreclose access to social media altogether is to prevent the user from engaging in the legitimate exercise of First Amendment rights.”