The U.S. Supreme Court just put millions of American minors at risk after they decided that sex offenders have a constitutional right to access social media.
According to the Supreme Court, sex offenders should be allowed to access their social media accounts as part of the First Amendment.
A recent North Carolina law banned sex offenders from accessing social media networks.
“It is unlawful for a sex offender who is registered … to access a commercial social networking site where the sex offender knows that the site permits minor children to become members or to create or maintain personal Web pages on the commercial social networking site,” declared the state regulation.
Monday’s ruling disagreed with that statement and declared that social media access is a First Amendment right.
“To foreclose access to social media altogether is to prevent the user from engaging in the legitimate exercise of First Amendment rights,” argued Justice Anthony Kennedy.
“Even convicted criminals — and in some instances especially convicted criminals — might receive legitimate benefits from these means for access to the world of ideas, in particular if they seek to reform and to pursue lawful and rewarding lives,” Kennedy continued.
“The Court must exercise extreme caution before suggesting that the First Amendment provides scant protection for access to vast networks in that medium,” Kennedy explained regarding social media.
This ruling is insane and has just put millions of American children at risk. Sex offenders shouldn’t have the right to access social media networks where millions of minors are present. How can the Supreme Court make a decision like this, it is beyond crazy.
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