Indiana Dumps Facebook Ban on Sex Offenders
Law found to be too broad by appeals court
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Jan 23, 2013 2:29 PM CST
A Facebook logo is displayed on the screen of an iPad.   (AP Photo/James H. Collins)

(Newser) – An Indiana law that bans registered sex offenders from accessing Facebook and other social networking sites that can be accessed by children is unconstitutional, a federal appeals court ruled today. The 7th US Circuit of Appeals in Chicago overturned a federal judge's decision upholding the law, saying the "blanket ban" was too broad and didn't protect children.

"It broadly prohibits substantial protected speech rather than specifically targeting the evil of improper communications to minors," the judges said in a 20-page decision. The American Civil Liberties Union of Indiana filed the class-action suit on behalf of a man who served three years for child exploitation and other sex offenders who are restricted by the ban even though they are no longer on probation. Federal judges have barred similar laws in Nebraska and Louisiana.

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TeeTop2
Nov 23, 2015 11:33 AM CST
Sure a lot of comments in the negative. I live next door to a person who has caused more damage to others than any sex-offender, yet is allowed to practice their their trade every day. These laws for sex-offenders are just another form of discrimination against another person I don't like or pushed by some politician that who to get ahead.. Discrimination is still discrimination, no matter who or why it is a law, is still saying I'm better than you and my sin is not as bad as yours. As for Facebook; They tend to throw out the baby with the bathwater.
jessica9182012
May 22, 2013 12:51 AM CDT
Facebook don't want sex offender's on there website anyways, What is stopping a sex offender's from joining Facebook under a different name and email. If I was Facebook I would allow it but just have somewhere on there page that say they are a sex offender, or something If not then I'm afraid for some of you, allows your kids to use Facebook will soon if they haven't already talking to a sex offender.
Pragmatist5
Jan 23, 2013 5:07 PM CST
Rated Brilliant???? C'mon people think! These felons are people that have committed felonies praying on women and children. Do you think they respect the law? We have limits on free speech. (you are not allowed to yell fire in a theater) The court is wrong here. I have no problem with limiting the rights of convicted felons and you shouldn't either. Felons have proven themselves to be outside the law and therefore we should be allowed to censor their rights where necessary.