TEC-Facebook-Race-Based Ads
Matt Rourke—AP

Sex Offenders Can't Be Banned From Social Media Sites, Supreme Court Rules

Jun 19, 2017

(WASHINGTON) — The Supreme Court has struck down a North Carolina law that bars convicted sex offenders from Facebook, Twitter and other popular sites.

The justices ruled unanimously Monday in favor of North Carolina resident Lester Packingham Jr. His Facebook boast about beating a traffic ticket led to his conviction for violating a 2008 law aimed at keeping sex offenders off internet sites children might use.

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.

All products and services featured are based solely on editorial selection. TIME may receive compensation for some links to products and services on this website.