Not if you’re a sex offender in North Carolina, you don’t. (AP Photo/Paul Sakuma, File)
A convicted sex offender may get his Facebook privileges back if arguments before the U.S. Supreme Court today are any indication.
The justices in Packingham v. North Carolina repeatedly asked questions suggesting they felt the North Carolina law that prohibited Lester G. Packingham from using Facebook is too broad to survive challenge under the First Amendment. That law prohibits anyone convicted of a sex crime, regardless of whether it involved a minor, from using social networking sites that allow them to look up information about other people and contact them over the Internet.
“The point is these people are being cut off from a very large part of the marketplace of ideas,” Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg told attorney Robert Montgomery, arguing for North Carolina. “And the First Amendment includes not only the right to speak, but the right to receive information.”
Justice Elena Kagan asked Montgomery if Packingham would be prohibited from going on the President Trump’s Twitter account “to find out what the President is saying today?”
“That’s correct, Your Honor.”