U.S. Supreme Court strikes down sex offender social media ban

Reuters News
Posted: Jun 19, 2017 10:27 AM

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday moved to buttress free speech rights in the digital age, striking down a North Carolina law banning convicted sex offenders from Facebook and other social media services that play a vital role in modern life.

The court, in an 8-0 ruling, handed a victory to Lester Packingham, a registered sex offender due to a statutory rape conviction who had challenged the law as a violation of the U.S. Constitution's First Amendment guarantee of free speech.

(Reporting by Lawrence Hurley; Editing by Will Dunham)