Supreme Court rules it’s unlawful to block sex offenders from Facebook


The Supreme Court issued a decision this week in the case of Packingham v North Carolina, which acknowledged the importance of the internet to modern life. It ruled that the internet, and social media in particular, has become so “integral to the fabric of our modern society and culture” that banning someone from engaging there is a violation of First Amendment rights — even if that person has been convicted of a heinous crime. Lester Packingham was convicted of “indecent liberties” with a minor in 2002, and is now a registered sex offender. He was arrested in 2010 when authorities…

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