Analysis: Justices skeptical of social media restrictions for sex offenders

The U.S. Supreme Court heard arguments in the case of Packingham v. North Carolina, a challenge to a North Carolina law that prohibits registered sex offenders from accessing social media sites including Facebook and Twitter.

Amy Howe, at scotusblog.com, writes that many of the Justices appeared skeptical of the law.

Justice Elena Kagan suggested that social media sites like Facebook and Twitter were “incredibly important parts” of the country’s political and religious culture. People do not merely rely those sites to obtain virtually all of their information, she emphasized, but even “structure their civil community life” around them. Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg echoed those sentiments, telling the North Carolina official defending the law that barring sex offenders from social networking sites would cut them off from “a very large part of the marketplace in ideas.” Kagan was perhaps the most vocal opponent of the law, but by the end of an hour of oral argument it seemed very possible that Ginsburg and at least three of Kagan’s other colleagues would join her in striking down the North Carolina law.

 Read more at SCOTUS blog.

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