Supreme Court suggests constitutional right to Facebook, other social media (Washington Times)

The Supreme Court raised the prospects of a constitutional right to social media, ruling Monday that a convicted sex offender can’t be barred from surfing the web because of general fears he’ll be enticed into illicit activity.  The justices said the internet is the modern equivalent of parks or streets, where political discussions raged under the protections of the First Amendment, and said governments need to tread carefully when trying to cut off someone’s access.  They struck down a North Carolina law that had prohibited sex offender from logging onto social media, saying that such a broad ban would be cutting someone off from what has become the most robust forum for politics, free speech and commercial activity.  Justice Anthony M. Kennedy, writing the majority opinion, equated today’s internet to community parks, where he said the First Amendment has long reigned. (full article)

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