Do laws restricting social media use go too far?

All aspects of society are becoming more and more involved in social media, including the criminal justice system. We’ve all read about law enforcement agencies using social media to track people and solve crimes, but once you’re convicted — depending on where you live and what you’re convicted of — you may be banned from social media or forced to tell everyone online what you did.

For example, in Indiana a federal judge just upheld a state law banning registered sex offenders from accessing Facebook and other social-networking sites used by children.

While Facebook already has policies in place that prohibit convicted sex offenders from using its services, several states are putting the law on the books to give in teeth.

Earlier this year, a federal judge overturned Louisiana’s ban, stating that is was too broad and covered too many sites necessary for everyday life…. Read more

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