In a unanimous decision, the Supreme Court struck down a North Carolina law that kept registered sex offenders from using social media sites, CNN reports.
The court ruled that the North Carolina law was too broad in scope. Lawyers for Lester Peckingham Jr. successfully argued that their client's rights had been violated by the state of North Carolina for barring him from sites such as Facebook and Twitter.
Peckingham registered as a sex offender after being convicted for having sex with a minor. NPR reports that Peckingham was arrested once again seven years later for being on social media in violation of the state's ban.
According to CNN, the law in question states, “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.”
Peckingham's lawyers argued that the broad ban on sex offenders from websites such as Facebook, which has over a billion users, violated their client's First Amendment rights.